Celebrities mourn the loss of 'rock star' Cummings
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Many in Hollywood are mourning the death of Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse to vote next week on bill to create women's history museum The Hill's Morning Report - Icy moments between Trump, Pelosi mark national address Baltimore unveils plaques for courthouse to be named after Elijah Cummings MORE (D-Md.), calling the Maryland Democrat a "rock star" and "a giant among men."

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Cummings, the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, died Thursday "due to complications concerning longstanding health challenges," his office said. The longtime lawmaker — who was one of the House committee chairmen leading the Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE — was 68.

After news of his death broke early in the morning, celebrities — many of them who have publicly denounced Trump — took to social media to praise Cummings. 

 

Comedian Chelsea Handler said she regretted never having met Cummings, while musician Questlove shared a simple message of "respect" for the late congressman.  

 

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Respect to Elijah Cummings.

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