Decatur Mayor Mike McElroy passes away

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DECATUR - Decatur Assistant City Manager Billy Tyus has announced that Mayor Mike McElroy has passed away.

Decatur officials say McElroy, 63, was southbound on 22nd Street in Decatur when he had what appears to have been a medical emergency. The vehicle that McElroy was traveling in then crashed.

According to Macon County Coroner Michael Day, McElroy was brought to St. Mary's Hospital by ambulance in cardiac arrest, where was pronounced dead by emergency room physicians at 8:38 a.m.  Day says the death was a result of natural causes.

"Our community is heartbroken," said Julie Moore-Wolfe, Decatur Mayor Pro Tem during a news conference. 

"We lost a wonderful friend," added former council member Larry Foster.

McElroy had served as Decatur Mayor since 2009.  We will have more details as they become available.

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