Rep. Elijah Cummings, House Oversight Committee Chair, dies at age 68

House Oversight ant Reform Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings speaks at the National Press Club August 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has died at 68 due to health complications, according to a statement from his
office.

The press release states he passed away at 2:45 a.m. on Thursday, October 17 at Johns Hopkins Hospital because of complications concerning longstanding health challenges.

He just had a medical procedure that he said would only keep him away for about a week.

The Baltimore Sun reports the Democratic House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair was a key figure in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Cummings was 68 years old.

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