Jeff Adachi, who was San Francisco's public defender, died on Feb. 22, 2019.

San Francisco Public Defender

Investigators Look Into Sudden Death Of San Francisco's Public Defender

KCBS Radio Midday News
February 25, 2019 - 10:27 am

San Francisco police are investigating the sudden death of the city's public defender, Jeff Adachi who died on Friday at age 59. 

Authorities have found no evidence of foul play after his body was discovered in a Telegraph Place apartment in North Beach.

Investigators are, however, trying to contact the woman who was with Adachi and called 911. 

The woman who called 911 was performing CPR on Adachi when paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at the California Pacific Medical Center. 

An autopsy is being performed by the city's medical examiner. 

San Francisco is the only city in California where voters elect the public defender. Adachi first won election to the office in 2002.

"Jeff was the Michael Jordan of lawyers. He was the best. He was not only the best lawyer, but he was the best leader," said Francisco Ugarte, who runs the immigration defense unit of the office. "He was our general. He gave us the confidence to think that we could win despite he most insurmountable odds."

Adachi is survived by his wife and daughter. 

Jenna Lane contributed reporting to this article.