The Governor of the Northern Marianas, Eloy Inos, has been remembered as an honest leader who brought a calming influence to the government.
Mr Inos died in the United States, after complications associated with recent open heart surgery.
He won election as the territory's seventh governor in December last year, after taking over from Benigno Fitial in February 2013.
Fitial this year pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office and conspiracy to commit theft of services.
Our correspondent, Mark Rabago says although Mr Inos' health problems were very public, there is still a sense of shock.
"There was a deep feeling of sadness, people in the CNMI are offering their condolences through social media to the family of the governor, and it comes as a bit of a shock and you can really feel the love the people had for the governor. He was his own man, he was honest and transparent and he wanted the government to be treasured again by the people, by the community."
Mark Rabago says Mr Inos' political rivals used his health problems as a campaign argument, saying he would not see through his term.
His successor is the Lieutenant Governor, Ralph Torres.