Elijah Cummings, longtime Baltimore congressman, has died at 68

Representative Elijah Cummings, of Baltimore, died early Thursday at the age of 68, his office said.

Cummings died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 2:45 a.m. from “complications concerning longstanding health challenges,” his office said.

He hadn’t returned to work after having a medical procedure that he said would only keep him away for about a week, The Baltimore Sun pointed out.

Rep. Elijah Cummings is seen overseeing a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., in July Joshua Roberts / REUTERS

The House Oversight and Reform Committee chairman, a Democrat and 23-year House veteran, was a key figure in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump and a recent target of intense criticism from the president.

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Cummings missed two roll call votes Thursday, the first day back following a two-week House recess. He previously released a statement saying he’d be back by the time the session resumed. He hadn’t taken part in a roll call vote since Sept. 11.

The procedure already caused Cummings to miss a September hearing on Washington, D.C., statehood. The statement didn’t detail the procedure.

He previously was treated for heart and knee issues.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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