Jack Halprin, Google attorney and target of anti-eviction activists, dies from cancer

Jack Halprin, the Google attorney who became of a target of anti-eviction activists last year over his property in the Mission, died Thursday from cancer. He was 46.

Halprin’s brother Martin posted a message on his Facebook page announcing the death.

“It is with deep, irrevocable sadness that I tell you my brother Jack has lost his short but difficult battle with cancer,” Martin Halprin wrote. “He passed away peacefully this morning and is now surely on his way to help Spock compute to the last digit the value of pi and smoke a cigar with our dad Ed.”

Halprin was the head of eDiscovery at Google. A blog by Greg Buckles on website eDJ Group, an eDiscovery research consulting firm, offered condolences Thursday morning.

“Bigger than life. That was Jack. The big guy lost his battle against cancer this morning and the eDiscovery world is a smaller, darker place,” Buckles wrote. “Others can rightly expound on his contributions to our rather esoteric calling as a leader at Guidance, Autonomy/HP and most recently Google. Right now I just miss my friend.”

Halprin was known in San Francisco for issuing controversial Ellis Act evictions to tenants last year in a Mission building he purchased in 2012. The evictions sparked protests and rallies in support of the tenants, some of whom have lived in the building at 812 Guerrero St. for decades.

What does it take to build a skyscraper in S.F.?

Engineering to protect against earthquakes, wind vortexes and, of course, sinking

I voted for Barry Bonds to get into the Hall of Fame. Here’s why it didn’t matter

Giants star falls short in his 10th and final season of standard eligibility

San Francisco’s universal health care may soon become redundant

‘Why should The City pay for health care if their residents can get it from the state?’