Elijah Eugene Cummings was an American politician and the member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Maryland's 7th congressional district.
TMZ reports that Cummings had been hospitalized earlier this week and underwent some sort of medical treatment. His office said the Congressman passed due to "complications concerning longstanding health challenges."
As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Cummings led multiple investigations of the president’s governmental dealings, according to AP,including probes in 2019 relating to the president’s family members serving in the White House. He took a lead role in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
His wife, Maya R. Cummings, Ph.D., released a statement that reads:
"He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity... I loved him deeply and will miss him dearly."
Representatives Xavier Becerra (speaking at podium), Robert Matsui (right) and Elijah Cummings at a press conference on civil rights
"Those in the highest levels of the government must stop invoking fear, using racist language and encouraging reprehensible behaviour," Cummings said in a speech at the National Press Club.
I hope to remember those words. RIP Rep. Elijah Cummings.