Death of Cardiss Collins

September 24, 1931 - February 4, 2013
Chicago, Illinois | Age 81

Former Congresswoman dead at 81
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HERBERT G. McCANN, The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Cardiss Collins, the first African-American woman to represent Illinois in Congress, died of complications from pneumonia at a Virginia hospital, according to a family friend.

Mel Blackwell said this week that Collins died Sunday evening at a hospital in Alexandria, Va., after suffering a stroke and spending time in a nursing home.

"She was a groundbreaking congresswoman," Blackwell said.

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