October 17, 2019 / 10:00 AM / a month ago

U.S. Democrat congressman Elijah Cummings has died: office

FILE PHOTO: House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) addresses a National Press Club luncheon on his "committee's investigations into President Donald Trump and his administration," in Washington, U.S., August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert/File Photo

(Reuters) - U.S. Democrat Congressman Elijah Cummings has died aged 68, his office confirmed on Twitter early Thursday.

“At approximately 2:45 a.m. on Thursday October 17, 2019, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) passed away at John Hopkins Hospital due to complications concerning longstanding health challenges,” his office said in a statement.

The statement said that more information would be released later Thursday. Reuters could not immediately reach his representatives for further comment.

Reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Toby Chopra

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