KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Knoxville City Council candidate Cameron Brooks died early Friday morning according to his campaign treasurer.
Reverend Harold Middlebrook confirmed to WATE that Brooks died following a short illness.
On August 21, Brooks shared on Facebook that he began experiencing “a debilitating medical condition,” but had received a diagnosis and started treatments.
About a month ago, I began to experience a debilitating medical condition which, among other things, caused me to lose strength in my legs. On August 17, I was diagnosed with Non-hodgkin’s lymphoma. I started treatments on Friday, August 18.
The disease is treatable, and my prognosis is excellent. I have good medical support and will beat this disease. Although I have not been able to campaign as I planned, I will stay in the race for Knoxville City Council At Large, Seat A. It’s important to me that the campaign we have built over the past year continue on. I remain committed to giving working people a voice on City Council. Please pray that my health improves so I can get back to where I once belonged.Cameron Brooks
Cameron Brooks for Knoxville City Council shared a statement on Brooks’ death, saying he passed away away at Fort Sanders Hospital after developing advanced sepsis following his first round of treatment.
The statement says funeral arrangements will be forthcoming, but anyone who would like to honor Brooks is invited by his campaign to make a donation in his honor to the Young-Williams Animal Center. According to Brooks’ campaign website, he lived in East Knoxville with his husband and their three dogs, Sam, Annabelle, and Lyndon.
Brooks was in a run-off election with Lynne Fugate for the City Council At-Large Seat A.
WATE reached out to the Knox County Election Commission for additional information. Administrator Chris Davis said that Brooks will be certified as one of the top two finishers in the City Council At-Large Seat A contest when the Election Commission meets on Thursday, but his name will nor appear on the Knoxville General Election Ballot on November 7.
Davis added that the Election commission is mourning the loss of Brooks and extends condolences to his family.
“While our office has been inundated with questions regarding the status of the ballot moving forward, I want to first express, on behalf of the Election Commission, our sincerest condolences to his family and friends. Cameron was a good man and a good friend, always quick with a smile and a greeting, and he will be missed. ” Davis said.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated.