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Rep. Elijah Cummings' death comes after procedure kept him away from office for weeks


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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Rep. Elijah Cummings' death comes after procedure kept him away from office for weeks”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Many are mourning the passing of Baltimore native Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died at the age of 68 early Thursday morning.  

The Maryland Democrat died at Gilchrist Hospice Care, which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital, around 2:30 a.m. EDT from “complications concerning longstanding health challenges,” his office confirmed in a statement.

He underwent a medical procedure in September that caused him to miss a high-profile hearing on Washington, D.C., statehood and kept him away from the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which he chairs.

In a statement to the Baltimore Sun, Cummings initially predicted he would be back after a week, then extended that timeline when the newspaper asked a week later.

“I am recovering following my medical procedure and remain in constant communication with my staff and my colleagues in the Congress,” Cummings said in a statement to the paper Sept. 30. “My doctors anticipate that I will be returning to Washington, D.C., when the House comes back into session in two weeks.”

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