Celebrities mourn the loss of 'rock star' Cummings
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Many in Hollywood are mourning the death of Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsOvernight Health Care: US won't join global coronavirus vaccine initiative | Federal panel lays out initial priorities for COVID-19 vaccine distribution | NIH panel: 'Insufficient data' to show treatment touted by Trump works House Oversight Democrats to subpoena AbbVie in drug pricing probe Democratic chair subpoenas postmaster general for documents on reforms MORE (D-Md.), calling the Maryland Democrat a "rock star" and "a giant among men."


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 TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response 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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