CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – A local musician has died this weekend, according to his bandmates.

The Carpenter Ants announced the death of lead vocalist and saxophonist Charlie Tee on Facebook Saturday, Dec. 18.

“Rest in Peace our brother. There will never be another like you. We will always remember your smiling face and positive attitude – no matter how tough things got,” the band said.

Tee’s loved ones say the 68-year-old musician passed away Saturday night after a battle with COVID-19. He had been at CAMC Memorial Hospital for more than two weeks.

Those close to Tee say he had been fully vaccinated with his booster shot, but he had a compromised immune system from a kidney transplant.

Tee had played with The Carpenter Ants for 30 years and his bandmates considered him a brother.

“And I think it’s going to take a while, just like it is with any close friend, relative, it takes a while to process is, especially when it happened this fast,” Michael Lipton of The Carpenter Ants said.

“And I miss Charlie, he’s always going to be in my heart. Charlie, he was always such a wonderful friend and a good brother,” said Ted Harrison of The Carpenter Ants.

Charlie’s wife, Lynn, tells WOWK 13 News her husband had a Master’s Degree from West Virginia State University. he was a retired librarian for the Kanawha County Library System.

Charlie leaves behind his wife, their six children and 32 grandchildren.