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Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings died early Thursday at the age of 68, his office said.

Cummings, of Baltimore, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 2:45 a.m. ET from "complications concerning longstanding health challenges," according to a statement from his office.

The Baltimore Sun reported that Cummings hadn't returned to work after having a medical procedure that he said would only keep him away for about a week.

Cummings served as chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. The Democrat and 23-year House veteran was a key figure in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

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Cummings' long career spanned decades in Maryland politics. He rose through the ranks of the Maryland House of Delegates before winning his congressional seat in a special election in 1996 to replace former Rep. Kweisi Mfume, who left the seat to lead the NAACP, the Associated Press noted.