The passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings has evoked an outpouring of love and bipartisan admiration for a man known on Capitol Hill for his great character and leadership.
According to a statement released by his office, Cummings passed away early Thursday morning at 2:45 AM as a result of complications from unnamed illness that had him in treatment at Johns Hopkins hospital in his home city of Baltimore.
As the political media world awoke to the sad news, many immediately took to Twitter to share their respect:
Elijah was a good man, a great leader, and a dear friend. We worked closely together in Congress and I was honored that he married Mika and me.
Elijah was a member of our family whom we loved.
May God bless his own family now in these troubled times. https://t.co/2sJk1jnRHQ
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) October 17, 2019
My heart is saddened at the loss of a colleague and friend. Elijah cared deeply about public service and the importance of “representing your people”. Rest In Peace good and faithful servant. https://t.co/T7JfnyZnXY
— Michael Steele (@MichaelSteele) October 17, 2019
My condolences to the family of Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland who went to be with the Lord early this morning at 68 years of age.
May God grant his family strength & peace in these difficult moments & his soul eternal rest.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 17, 2019