Cummings died on October 17, 2019, at Johns Hopkins Hospital at the age of 68 from "complications concerning longstanding health challenges", his spokeswoman stated. Before his funeral service on October 25 at Baltimore's New Psalmist Baptist Church, where he was a member for 40 years, Cummings lay in state at the U. S. Capitol Building's Statuary Hall on October 24. Cummings is the first African American lawmaker to achieve the honor of lying in state. Following a state funeral which was attended by family and members of Congress, thousands of public mourners were seen entering the U. S. Capitol to see his casket and received greetings from his widow Maya Rockeymoore-Cummings. His casket departed from the U. S. Capitol at around 8:35 pm. On October 25, 2019, the official funeral for Cummings was held at the New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore and was attended by members of his family, various political figures—including former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—and thousands of Baltimore residents.