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U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore, a committee chairman known for his devotion to Baltimore and civil rights and for blunt and passionate speechmaking, died of longstanding health problems early Thursday morning, his office said. He was 68 years old.
The Democrat, a key figure in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump as chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, died at Gilchrist Hospice Care, a Johns Hopkins affiliate, at approximately 2:45 A.M., a spokeswoman said.
The article goes on to state the following:
Cummings, who had been absent from Capitol Hill in recent weeks while under medical attention, had health issues in recent years. In 2017, he underwent an aortic valve replacement. The procedure, which aides described as minimally invasive in Cummings’ case, is used to correct narrowing of the aortic valve in the heart. The surgery led to an infection that kept him in the hospital longer than expected. He was later hospitalized for a knee infection, but he said this summer that his health was fine.
The report states that Cummings had not participated in a roll call vote since September 11.
U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings was a committee chairman known for his devotion to Baltimore and civil rights and for blunt and passionate speechmaking. He died of longstanding health problems early Thursday morning at 68. https://t.co/r6jD7oLDa1
— The Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) October 17, 2019
U.S. @RepCummings, an American patriot and longtime Baltimore Democrat and frequent target of the #RacistInChief, has died from complications of longstanding health problems.#RIPElijahCummingshttps://t.co/HEW9I5yTqX
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) October 17, 2019
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