Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, chair of US House oversight committee, dies at 68

House Oversight and Reform Committee chairman Elijah Cummings sits during a committee hearing on  Capitol Hill in Washington June 12, 2019. — Reuters pic
House Oversight and Reform Committee chairman Elijah Cummings sits during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington June 12, 2019. — Reuters pic

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 — Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the US House Oversight and Reform Committee, has died aged 68, his office said today.

Cummings’ committee is the main investigative committee in the House of Representatives and is involved in the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump.

“At approximately 2.45am 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 today. Reuters could not immediately reach his representatives for further details.

Cummings was first elected to office in 1996, and has served as chair of his committee since January after the Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives in 2018.

He was previously treated for heart and knee issues, CBS News reported. — Reuters

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