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Cleveland, Nation Mourn Loss Of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones

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East Cleveland, OH -  Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones - the powerful and popular member of Congress from Northeast Ohio - died Wednesday evening following a massive aneurysm.

The 58-year-old passed away at 6:12PM at Huron Hospital.

Tubbs Jones dedicated her life in public service to helping others and will continue to do so through organ donations.

Funeral details are still tentative at this time but 19 Action News being told a memorial service will be held Friday, August 29th at Bethany Baptist Church in Cleveland with a funeral the following day.

No word on the time or location.

The Congresswoman stricken while driving her car in Cleveland Heights Tuesday night. 

Her vehicle rolled from the northbound lanes across the southbound lanes. An officer pulled a cruiser across the roadway to warn oncoming traffic. The officer found Tubbs-Jones in medical distress - and called for an ambulance.

During an afternoon press conference, a doctor said Tubbs Jones had limited brain function - while a spokesman for the lawmaker urged people to keep her in their prayers.

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones was the first African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives from Ohio.

At the time of her death, Tubbs Jones was serving her fifth term in office representing the 11th District, which encompasses most of the East Side of Cleveland and parts of the West Side of Cleveland and includes parts of 22 suburbs.

She was one of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's biggest boosters during the primaries, then threw her support to Senator Barack Obama in June.

She switched her backing to Sen. Barack Obama in June, but said he could not win unless Clinton's supporters rallied behind him. She also said Obama should consider Clinton as a running mate.

The Clinton family released a statement saying Tubbs Jones was a "one-woman force for progress in our country" and that they shared a friendship with her that "deepened through every trial and challenge."

"Over the course of many years, with many ups and many downs, Stephanie was right by our side - unwavering, indefatigable," the statement said.

Obama called Tubbs Jones "an extraordinary American and an outstanding public servant."

"It wasn't enough for her just to break barriers in her own life. She was also determined to bring opportunity to all those who had been overlooked and left behind - and in Stephanie, they had a fearless friend and unyielding advocate," Obama said in a statement.

President Bush issued the following statement after receiving word of Tubbs Jones passing:

Laura and I are saddened by the death of Chairwoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones.

As a proud lifelong resident of Ohio's 11th District, she devoted her career to serving her community at both the State and national levels. She was an effective legislator who was dedicated to helping small businesses, improving local schools, expanding job opportunities for Ohioans, and ensuring that more of them have access to healthcare. After making history as the first African American woman elected to Congress from Ohio, the Congresswoman worked to expand the rights of all Americans. Our Nation is grateful for her service.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her son Mervyn Leroy Jones, II and the rest of her family.

Statement from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackon:

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones. I have lost a dear friend, and Cleveland, and the region, has lost a Champion. Stephanie was undeniably a fiercely passionate and loyal public servant for the State of Ohio. This is truly a profound loss, a deep void in public service that can not be filled, I will miss her," said Mayor Frank Jackson.

Note: Mayor Jackson has ordered all flags to be lowered to half mast- City Hall tonight and all others immediately. The flags were just raised yesterday from the City of Cleveland's observance of the passing of the late Councilwoman Fannie Lewis."

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