Long-Serving Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings Dies at 68

© AP Photo / Susan WalshHouse Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., waits to start a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019, on White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's violation of the Hatch Act.
House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., waits to start a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019, on White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's violation of the Hatch Act. - Sputnik International
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Congressman Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday morning due to longstanding health complications, his office said in a statement.

At around 2:45 a.m. Thursday, Congressman Cummings passed away at Johns Hopkins Hospital, CNN and other media reported on Thursday.

Earlier, he hadn't returned to work after a medical procedure that he said would only keep him absent for a week, according to the Washington Post.

​Elijah Cummings hasn't taken part in a roll call vote since 11 September.

Cummings has had health issues in recent years. He was using a wheelchair to get around. According to media reports, he was previously treated for heart and knee problems.

He was born on 18 January 1951 in Baltimore.

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