The mayor of a small town in Tennessee, which hosts the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, died on Monday at Covid-19, officials said.
Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman was hospitalized earlier this month before dying “after a brave battle against COVID-19,” the city said in a Facebook post Monday.
In August, Norman was elected for his third term as mayor of Manchester, a city of nearly 10,000 people in Coffee County, according to WPLN.
Manchester is home to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which typically attracts more than 80,000 performers a year. The music festival was initially postponed this year before eventually being canceled entirely due to the pandemic.
“The incredible, Mayor Lonnie Norman, from our hometown of Manchester, Tennessee, has been hospitalized for COVID-1
He was the city’s first black mayor when he served in 1991, WPLN reported. Interim Deputy Mayor Marilyn Howard has taken over as mayor.
County County reported its highest seven-day average for Covid-19 cases in the past week, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. The municipality has registered a total of 1,557 cases and 17 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.