Hello Negros sends its prayers out to the family of Stephanie Tubbs Jones.
(CNN) — Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives, died Wednesday after suffering an aneurysm, medical officials said.
Tubbs Jones, who was in her fifth term representing parts of Cleveland and its suburbs, was 58.
She suffered the aneurysm Tuesday evening while driving in her home district in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, a statement from her office said.
She was rushed to East Cleveland’s Huron Hospital, where a team of doctors determined Wednesday morning that she had “very limited brain function,” said Dr. Gus Kious, the hospital’s chief of staff.
Wednesday afternoon, before Tubbs Jonesdied, Kious said that the aneurysm “an inaccessible part of her brain” and that she was in critical condition.
The congresswoman had a full day of activity Tuesday, according to the statement from her office, “including planning for an upcoming forum on electoral reform, scheduled for September 4, 2008, at Cleveland State University.”
Tubbs Jones, elected to Congress in 1998, would have turned 59 on September 10.
She was an early supporter of Clinton’s White House bid but endorsed Barack Obama in June after the New York senator bowed out of the race.
Tubbs Jones was a Democratic superdelegate and one of Hillary Clinton’s most ardent supporters. She was scheduled to attend the Democratic National Convention next week in Denver, Colorado.