Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones critically ill

The Ohio Democrat, one of Hillary Clinton's staunchest supporters, had an aneurysm Tuesday night and was rushed to the hospital.

Published August 20, 2008 4:56PM (EDT)

Some sad news breaking out of Cleveland: Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, an Ohio Democrat, is reportedly on life support in an East Cleveland hospital, after she was found unconscious in her car late Tuesday. Cleveland TV station WOIO reported she had had a "massive aneurysm."

The situation sounds pretty grim. Her office says her condition has stabilized, but Cleveland city councilman Roosevelt Coats told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that her friends are "preparing for the worst."

Tubbs Jones, first elected in 1998, was one of Hillary Clinton's staunchest supporters during the primary campaign. She represents most of the east side of Cleveland and some suburbs, and she's the first black woman elected to the House from Ohio.

Update: CNN reported earlier that Rep. Tubbs Jones has died. Now the network is saying she's in critical condition. The Cleveland Plain Dealer published a short story saying Tubbs Jones had been taken off life support. We'll update as more news becomes available, but either way, it sounds like a tragic situation.

By Mike Madden

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