SHOCK: Chokwe Lumumba, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, died after being admitted to St. Dominic Hospital Tuesday morning with chest pains.
Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart pronounced Mayor Lumumba dead at about 4:55 p.m.
Chokwe Lumumba, an ex-Black Nationalist, was elected Jackson mayor in June 2013. He was born on August 2, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan. He was the second of eight children born to Lucien and Priscilla Francis Taliaferro.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant released this statement:
“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.”