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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Former Metro Council member Tony Tenpenny died overnight due to COVID-19, Vice Mayor Jim Shulman told News4.

According to Vice Mayor Shulman, Tenpenny had been hospitalized for two weeks and had underlying health conditions.

Tenpenny assumed office in 2011 and left in 2015. During his time of service, he served District 16. 

Nashville Mayor John Cooper released the following Tweet after learning of his passing:

I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former councilman Tony Tenpenny. I send my condolences to his wife, Robbie, their son Ira and the rest of the Tenpenny family.

No other information was released.

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