Manchester, Tenn., Mayor Lonnie Norman died Monday after being hospitalized with the coronavirus earlier this month, the city announced.

“With a deep sense of sadness and loss, we announce the passing of Mayor Lonnie Norman after being hospitalized for COVID-19 on October 1, 2020,” the city said in a Facebook post. “Mayor Norman passed away in the early hours of Monday, October 12, 2020, after a valiant fight against COVID-19.” 

With a deep sense of sadness and loss, we announce the passing of Mayor Lonnie Norman after being hospitalized for...

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Posted by Mayor Lonnie Norman on Monday, October 12, 2020

Manchester has a population of about 10,000 and hosts the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which was canceled this year due the coronavirus pandemic.

The festival’s Twitter account praised the late mayor on Saturday, days before his death.

“The incredible, Mayor Lonnie Norman, of our hometown Manchester, TN has been hospitalized due to COVID-19,” the account tweeted. “The Bonnaroo family sends him all the love and hopes for a quick and speedy recovery.”

Coffee County, where Manchester is located, has recently seen its largest spike in coronavirus cases yet, according to Nashville Public Radio.

Norman, 79, had been reelected to a third term in August. Under the city charter, Vice Mayor Marilyn Howard will take over the mayoralty.