Nashville Republican COVID Denier Dies Of COVID

The Tennessean reports:

Former Nashville Council Member Tony Tenpenny has died due to complications from COVID-19, Vice Mayor Jim Shulman confirmed Sunday. Tenpenny was hospitalized for more than a month at one of the St. Thomas hospitals and was placed on a ventilator earlier in September. He died overnight, Shulman said on Sunday afternoon.

Tenpenny shared social media posts questioning the coronavirus pandemic and the government’s response to the pandemic in the months before he died of the virus, including a post in early July calling the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) “pure lying asses.”

He also shared a video from a disgraced Texas doctor who shared dangerous theories about the virus, including linking its cause to demons, which Facebook flagged as “partly false information,” NBC News noted. The former council member made more than a dozen posts stating or sharing COVID-19 disinformation, NBC reported.

Tenpenny lost his reelection bid last year.