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    Long-Serving Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings Dies at 68

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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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