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Jackson Mayor Lumumba dead at 66

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died unexpectedly Tuesday at age 66.

Jackson TV station WAPT Channel 16 reported about 6 p.m. that the Hinds County coroner had confirmed the mayor’s death.

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba  took office on Jul;y 1, 2013 after beating incumbent Harvey Johnson in a runoff.

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba took office on Jul;y 1, 2013 after beating incumbent Harvey Johnson in a runoff.

The Detroit native and Jackson lawyer and civic activist won election in June 2013, unseating Harvey Johnson in a runoff.

Lumumba had been reported to have been suffering from an illness upon taking office.

In 2009 Lumumba won election to Jackson’s Ward Two City Council seat.

Lumumba earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich. He later graduated cum laude from Wayne State University Law School.

Lumumba is the second Jackson mayor to die in office in recent years. Frank Melton died in May 2009, just two days after Harvey Johnson defeated his reelection bid.

Reacting to the Lumumba’s death, Gov. Phil Bryant said: ” 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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