Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died suddenly on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.
He was admitted to St. Dominic Hospital that morning with chest pains.
Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart says he was pronounced dead around 4:55 p.m.
Lumumba defeated Jonathan Lee in a Democratic runoff May 21, after finishing behind Lee in the primary. Lee issued the following statement Tuesday evening:
My family and I are deeply saddened to hear of Mayor Lumumba's passing. Our condolences are with his loved ones. We join our fellow citizens in prayer for his family and for our city.
Lumumba won the Mayor's office on June 4, 2013, pulling 86% of the vote and defeating independent candidates Francis P. Smith, Jr. , Richard C. Williams and Cornelius Griggs.
Mayor Lumumba was born August 2, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan. He is the second of eight children born to Lucien and Priscilla Francis Taliaferro.
Mayor Lumumba earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
He later finished first in his law school freshman class before graduating cum laude from Wayne State University Law School.
Prior to his election as Mayor, Mr. Lumumba served as Jackson City Councilman for Ward 2.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant released this statement:
"Deborah and I are shocked and saddened by the news of Mayor Lumumba's passing and are praying for his loved ones. Just a short time ago, I had the opportunity to join the mayor in a church pew as we welcomed a new development to the city. His enthusiasm for Jackson will be deeply missed."
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