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U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones makes a statement at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C.
UPDATE: Ohio Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, 58, Dies
Stephanie Tubbs Jones made history as the the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress. She died today at the age of 58.
A report from the Associated Press describes what happened as she was driving yesterday:
The congresswoman had been driving erratically and her vehicle crossed from the northbound lanes across the southbound lanes, according to a statement from police.
An officer pulled a cruiser across the roadway to warn oncoming traffic. The officer reached her vehicle and found Tubbs Jones in medical distress, the statement said.
The apparent cause: a ruptured aneurysm, or a hyperextended blood vessel, in her brain.
We have been lucky enough to speak with the congresswoman several times, and we will remember her on tomorrow's show.
Among our conversations: Tubbs Jones and I spoke last year about what was, at the time, her new role as head of the House Ethics Committee. It was part of our series on the movers and shakers in the Congressional Black Caucus.