Congresswoman Wrongly Announces Death of Rep. John Lewis, Apologizes

Congresswoman Wrongly Announces Death of Rep. John Lewis, Apologizes

On Saturday, reports went around saying that Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, had died.

However, these rumors are untrue, according to his staff, who have confirmed that Lewis is alive and resting at home.

Michael Collins, Lewis’ chief of staff, said that the “rumors are not true. He is resting comfortably at home.”

It seems that the original report came from a tweet saying as such from Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC), which has been deleted since:

“Words cannot do John Lewis justice because everything he did was in the service of Justice. He gave everything, including his blood and his body, to the Movement. It was an honor to make ‘good trouble’ with John in the House, and I will miss both my friend and the man himself.”

Adam has since apologized for the false rumor.


According to WPXI, Sam Spencer, deputy chief of staff and communications director for Adams, said he was the one who passed the rumor on to Adams.


Lewis, a civil rights icon from the MLK era, has been undergoing treatment for his cancer, and has been voting in Congress by proxy. No matter his politics, we should wish Rep. Lewis well and a speedy recovery.

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