Rudy Wright, the longtime mayor of Hickory, was found dead at his home Thursday, Hickory officials said.
Wright has been mayor since 2001.
“It is with deepest sorrow that I must inform you of the untimely passing of Mayor Rudy Wright today at his home,” Hickory city manager Warren Wood said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”
Wood said Hickory Police are investigating Wright’s death. The cause of death does not appear to be suspicious at the moment, Wood said.
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