Bob Lee, Square’s former chief technology officer who helped build Cash App, died in a stabbing incident in San Francisco.
Josh Goldbard, the CEO of Lee’s current job, MobileCoin, confirmed his demise.
Lee became the chief product officer of MobileCoin, a cryptocurrency and digital payments firm, in 2021.
“Our dear friend and colleague, Bob Lee, passed away yesterday at the age of 43.
Survived by a loving family and collection of close friends and collaborators,” Goldbard said in a statement on Wednesday morning.
“Bob was a dynamo, a natural force. Bob was the real deal.
He was created for the world that is being born right now; he was a kid of ideas, and anything he envisaged, no matter how absurd, he made real.”
Goldbard went on, “We will miss you, Bob.” “We love you.”
Bob’s father, Rick Lee, confirmed the news on Facebook, stating, “I just lost my best friend.” According to the father, his son “lost his life on the street in San Francisco early Tuesday.”
The father wrote, “Bob would give you the shirt off his back.” “He never looked down on anyone and followed a strict no-judgment philosophy.”
Rick Lee went on to say that his son “will be missed by all those who knew him” and thanked everyone who reached out and gave assistance.
In a statement issued Wednesday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed called Lee’s death a “horrible tragedy.”
Breed stated that the police are still investigating Lee’s death and that additional information will be released soon.
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According to an earlier statement from the San Francisco Police Department.
Police went to a stabbing report early Tuesday morning in San Francisco’s Rincon neighborhood.
Where they discovered “a 43-year-old adult male victim suffering from apparent stab wounds.”
“Officers responded by rendering aid and summoning medics to the scene.”
The person was sent to a nearby hospital with potentially fatal injuries.
Despite the efforts of first responders and medical experts, the man died as a result of his injuries, according to the police statement.
Unnamed police sources told multiple local news outlets that Lee was the victim of the stabbing.
According to police, no arrests have been made and the investigation is still ongoing.
San Francisco has been dealing with an apparent increase in crime as it strives to recover from the pandemic.
According to preliminary police figures, there have been 12 homicides in San Francisco this year.
A 20% increase over the same time period the previous year.
In 2022, there were 56 killings in San Francisco, the same number as in 2021.
While Goldbard did not elaborate on the circumstances of Lee’s death in his message.
He did say this in a separate Twitter thread in response to the news.
“As a lifelong Bay Area resident, I have more questions than answers tonight.”
“I don’t know how to fix what’s wrong, but I know something isn’t working in our grey city. Bob left this world too soon,” Goldbard tweeted.