Bob Lee, the founder of Cash App and current Chief Product Officer of MobileCoin, was stabbed to death in the San Francisco neighborhood of Rincon Hill on Tuesday, April 4. His death was confirmed by his father, Rick Lee – who was living with his son at the time of his death. Bob Lee was just 43 years old.
San Francisco Police officers responded to a report of a stabbing on the 300 block of Main Street around 2:35 a.m. on Tuesday. When they arrived on the scene, they found Bob suffering from stab wounds – he wasn’t identified at the time. They immediately began treating him while they waited for medics to arrive.
Lee was rushed to a nearby hospital but succumbed to his injuries – despite efforts from first responders and medical personnel. No suspects have been named and the investigation is currently ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to call the SFPD 24-hour Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411.
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San Francisco city supervisor, Matt Dorsey, took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to offer his sincere condolences to Lee’s friends, family members, and loved ones – calling it a ‘senseless tragedy.’ Dorsey has been in contact with the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) in regard to the investigation.
“I’ve also heard from many constituents in the area — some of whom have already voiced concerns to me about public safety challenges — and I’m asking everyone to cooperate with police in their investigation, especially those with access to surveillance video that may help,” Dorsey wrote on Twitter.
Bob Lee is somewhat of a legend in the tech industry. Among his many list of titles and accomplishments was helping to design Android, creating Cash App, the CPO of MobileCoin, former CTO of Square (now Block), a software engineer at Google, and an investor in SpaceX, Clubhouse, Figma, and much more.
His father, Rick, remembers him as someone who ‘would give you the shirt off his back’ and ‘would never look down on anyone and adhered to a strict no-judgment philosophy” – according to a Facebook post. He has lived with his son since 2019 when Bob’s mother passed away – they moved to Miami in October.
The Tributes Continue to Roll in For Bob Lee
Bob Lee was a popular guy in the tech industry and was often referred to by his nickname, ‘Crazy Bob.’ In the hours following the news of his death, many of his colleagues and friends took to social media to honor him with kind words and tributes. Bob Lee might be gone now, but he will never be forgotten.
Joshua Goldbard, the founder of MobileCoin, remembers Lee as an ‘incredible human being’ that he thought of as a brother. “Bob was so much more than a technologist. Bob was an artist. Everywhere he went Bob breathed love into this world. He had so much deep heartfelt love,” he wrote on his Twitter.
Dylan Field, a co-founder of Figma, remembers meeting Lee for the first time in the summer of 2006. “He didn’t care that I was only 14 and we talked tech / geeked out about programming. We remained connected over the years and he was an early supporter of Figma. It’s so hard to believe he is gone,” he said on Twitter.
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Megan Quinn, the current VP, Chief of Staff to CEO of Soundcloud, is ‘shocked’ and ‘heartbroken’ to learn of Bob Lee’s passing. “Bob was the nicest person – always encouraging, always upbeat. And that smile! He was always smiling. That’s how I will remember him,” she wrote on Twitter.
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