Elijah Cummings 1951-2019

Maryland U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings has died, according to his office.

Cummings' office released a statement, saying, "At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Thursday Oct. 17, 2019, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) passed away at Gilchrist Hospice Care, a Johns Hopkins affiliate, due to complications concerning longstanding health challenges. More details will be forthcoming."

Advertisement Cummings was 68. He spent months in a hospital last year, first, for his heart, then an infection in his knee.

Cummings' widow, Maryland Democratic Party Chair Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, released a statement, saying, "Congressman Cummings was an honorable man who proudly served his district and the nation with dignity, integrity, compassion and humility. He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that our nation’s diversity was our promise, not our problem. It has been an honor to walk by his side on this incredible journey. I loved him deeply and will miss him dearly."

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