UPDATE 3: Rep. Stephanie Tubbs dead at 58, Championed Voting Rights and Women's Health

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UPDATING : Tributes are pouring in from around the country to mourn the death of Ohio Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, 58. The five-term representative was declared dead at 6:12 pm EST according to a statement from her family and officials at Huron Hospital in Cleveland where she being treated for a brain aneurysm that occured Tuesday night.

Conflicting reports about Tubbs Jones' medical condition were issued throughout the day, saying first that her condition was stable, then that she had died, and later, that she was alive but in critical conditon. More detail in the updates and comments below.

UPDATING 2:39 EDT: CNN is reporting that hospital officials say that Tubbs-Jones is alive but in critical condition. Here is video of the hospital press conference earlier today.

 

UPDATING: The Cleveland Plain Dealer, citing "sources familiar with the situation" is reporting the Tubbs-Jones, 58, died this afternoon after being removed from life support at 12:19 pm. (h/t Politico.com). The Plain Dealer blog has a photo gallery looking back over her life and accomplishments.

 

ORIGINAL POST: Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones (D-OH) suffered an aneurysm Tuesday evening and is on life support in a Cleveland hospital, according to news reports and a statement from her Congressional office.

According to news reports, the fifth-term Congresswoman was spotted driving erratically around 9pm Tuesday evening in the Cleveland Heights section of the city. A police officer found her unconscious in her car and arranged for emergency medical care.

According to a statement from Jones' Washington office, Jones' condition has "stabilized and she is receiving the best care available."

Tubbs Jones was an important supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign. She was vocal about criticism she said that she received from other African Americans for standing with Clinton. In June, she followed Clinton's lead and switched her support to Sen. Barack Obama. Jones was scheduled to attend next week's Democratic National Convention as a superdelegate.

According to her Congressional biography, Jones chairs the House Committee on Standards and Official Conduct, sits on the Ways and Means Committee, and is an active member of the Congressional Black Caucus. She is the first African American woman elected to the US Congress from Ohio. Before entering Congress, she was a Cuyahoga County judge.

According to the National Institutes of Health, an aneurysm is an abnormal bulge in an artery. They occur most commonly in the aorta, but can occur in several other locations, including the brain. When a brain aneurysm bursts, it causes a stroke.

Bitterpoliticz is collecting messages of support for Tubbs-Jones for a get well card, noting her work to increase funding for uterine fibroids research as well as her effort to help Sen. Clinton pass the Count Every Vote Act. That bill, introduced n 2005. would have strengthened voting verification systems and improved ballot access, particularly in minority communities. It never reached a vote.

 

Image credit: Rep. Tubbs-Jones' online press kit

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