Republican Tony Tenpenny, of Nashville, Tennessee, known for being a fervent Trump supporter who posted anti-face mask memes on Facebook, has died after being infected with COVID-19.
Tenpenny, a former Nashville city council member “was hospitalized and placed on a ventilator earlier in September” before he died over the weekend after losing his battle with coronavirus, local NBC affiliate News 4 Nashville reports.
Tenpenny’s Facebook page was filled with memes and content supportive of President Donald Trump.
He regularly railed against COVID-19 restrictions on his Facebook page, and he posted memes that attacked face masks as part of a socialist plot, while also directly accusing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of lying about the severity of the disease.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper expressed his condolences after hearing of Tenpenny’s passing.
“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former councilman Tony Tenpenny,” he said. “I send my condolences to his wife, Robbie, their son Ira and the rest of the Tenpenny family.”