Rumor Patrol! U.S. Rep John Lewis is not dead!
U.S. Rep. John Lewis’s chief of staff said there is no truth to posts on social media that he passed away today.
“It’s only rumors,” Michael Collins told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He is resting comfortably at home.”
A blog that focuses on news about historically black colleges & universities and U.S. Rep. Alma Adams of North Carolina were among those who posted that Lewis had died.
Adams deleted her post and offered an apology, saying she had offered condolences based on an erroneous news report. HBCUBuzz deleted its posts and article, which many pointed to as the originator of the rumors. No Lewis sources are cited in the HBCUBuzz post.
Lewis, 80, is undergoing treatment for advanced stage pancreatic cancer.
pancreatic cancer. As a result, he has used a proxy to cast votes in Congress and his public appearances have been very limited.