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Patricia Sullivan

There have been six deaths of sitting members of Congress in the past 18 months, and with the death of Stephanie Tubbs Jones last night, three of them were African-American women. The others were Julia Carson of Indiana who died Dec. 15, 2007 and Juanita Millender-McDonald who died April 22, 2007.

Other members who have died recently were

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 21, 2008; 2:01 PM ET
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How many of these deaths were related to "stroke"? I am aware of a medical military officer dying suddenly at an early age. He treated me prior to his death. I am aware of another military pilot who ran into a truck while jogging in his sleep in the middle of the night. Ask the Shriners if they are feeling nervous.

Posted by: A. Barnas | August 23, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Not one of these people died of a stroke. Five died of cancer, one of an aneurysm, and one fell down the stairs at his home and broke his neck.

By the way, if you're under the impression that a ruptured brain aneurysm is a stroke, you'd be very wrong. The mechanism, the cause, the treatment, and the survival rates are all vastly different.

Posted by: Charlene | August 24, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

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