The Maryland lawmaker saw himself as a champion for civil rights, his Baltimore constituents and democracy.
The statement added that Cummings, the chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, will be "remembered for dedicating his life's work to improving the lives of others".
Cummings appeared on ABC's "This Week" on July 21, where he told host George Stephanopoulos there was "no doubt" that President Trump was a racist, following the president's attacks on Democratic Reps. Doctors previously treated Cummings for heart and knee issues.
"I want you to realize that all African American communities are not places of depression and where people are being harmed", Cummings told reporters, recalling his conversation with Trump.
He was chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
Former President Barack Obama, whose 2008 presidential bid counted Cummings as an early supporter, said he and his wife, Michelle, were heartbroken by the loss of their friend. His statement didn't detail the procedure.
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"I was beaten and all kinds of rocks and bottles thrown at me".
Cummings has been a representative of Maryland's 7th Congressional District since 1996. "And I will do it to the very best of my ability, so help me God", Cummings said.
Cummings' political career began in the Maryland House of Representatives in 1983.
His panel has also been involved in fights with the Trump administration over subpoenas challenged by the president. His widow, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, issued a statement calling her late husband "an honorable man, who proudly served his district and the nation with dignity, integrity, compassion and humility".
A native of Baltimore and the son of sharecroppers, Cummings graduated from Howard University, with a bachelor's degree in political science, and the University of Maryland School of Law.
Earlier this year, President Trump used Cummings' district in Baltimore as the basis for a taunt, arguing that he should focus more on the city's problems and less on his oversight probes.
He continued his message of cooperation at the 2016 Democratic national convention, when he spoke of the new civil rights movement, saying "our party does not just believe, but understands, that Black Lives Matter". Ben Cardin said his fellow Marylander "guaranteed a voice to so many who would otherwise not have one". The Baltimore archdiocese tweeted that Cummings 'generously shared his God-given gifts and talents w/the people of his beloved city, state and nation for so many years.
The press was quick to point out that much of the rental property in Cummings's district was owned by companies controlled by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.