FLINT, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Outspoken Flint City Councilman Eric Mays died on Saturday.

The city announced Mays’ death on Saturday night and said the the 65-year-old died of natural causes after an illness.

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“This is a tremendous loss for our community and a shock to all friends and family,” Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley said in a press release. “As our community grieves during this difficult time, on behalf of Councilman Mays’ family, we ask that community members respect their privacy and allow them time and space to mourn. We continue to lift the family in prayer.”

Neeley ordered flags to fly at half-staff at Flint City Hall in Mays’ honor starting Monday.