Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell in hospice care

United States House of Rep., John Dingell
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Published: Feb. 6, 2019 at 1:28 PM EST
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(2/6/2019) - A person familiar with the situation says former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest serving member of Congress in American history, is receiving hospice care.

The person was not authorized to speak publicly but told The Associated Press on Wednesday about the 92-year-old Dingell's condition.

Dingell's wife, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, successfully ran for her husband's Michigan seat in 2014. She tweeted Wednesday morning that she was with him at their home in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. She said they've "entered a new phase."

Debbie Dingell thanked people for their "friendship and support," and asked for "prayers and privacy during this difficult time."

John Dingell had a heart attack in September.

Dingell was first elected in 1955 to fill the House seat vacated by his late father. The Democrat was considered a master of legislative deal-making and a staunch advocate for the U.S. auto industry.

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