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San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi died Friday night at the age of 59.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed issued the following statement announcing the death of Adachi:

“As one of the few elected public defenders in our country, Jeff always stood up for those who didn’t have a voice, have been ignored and overlooked, and who needed a real champion. He was committed not only to the fight for justice in the courtroom, but he was also a relentless advocate for criminal justice reform. Jeff lead the way on progressive policy reforms, including reducing recidivism, ending cash bail, and standing up for undocumented and unrepresented children.”

Breed added:

“San Francisco has lost a dedicated public servant, and our communities have lost a champion.”

Adachi was re-elected for his fifth term in office last November running unopposed and ran for San Francisco mayor in 2011.

Many city officials shared their condolences after finding out about his sudden death.

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