The unexpected death of the mayor of San Carlos is hitting several communities in the Bay Area.
Omar Ahmad was an elected official in the city of San Carlos. Voters put him on the city council in 2007 and by all accounts was a popular leader in the city.
He was also a leader in the Silicon Valley business community. Ahmad moved to the Bay Area in 1998 and worked for several tech companies, including Netscape, Napster and @Home Networks.
He was also a leader in the Muslim community. He was the second Muslim to hold the position of mayor in the United States when he was appointed by the council last year.
His family, coworkers and close friends held a private ceremony Thursday in his honor. There is a public memorial scheduled Friday at 3 p.m. at the Hiller Aviation Museum.
According to emergency officials who came to his aid, Ahmad was picking up the newspaper on Tuesday morning just outside his home when he felt severe chest pain and called 911. He lost consciousness while on the phone and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The city's Website listed his cause of death as a heart attack.
Ahmad was single. Along with the above listed communities, he will likely be missed the most by those who knew him best. He is survived by his parents and three siblings who have traveled to the Bay Area to deal with his affairs.