Former Rep. John Dingell in hospice care and 'entered new phase,' wife says

by

comment
Former Rep. John Dingell after having heart attack in September. - COURTESY OF DINGELL FAMILY
  • Courtesy of Dingell family
  • Former Rep. John Dingell after having heart attack in September.


Rep. Debbie Dingell announced Wednesday that she is home with her husband, former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, saying the 92-year-old has "entered a new phase."



Dingell, the longest serving member of Congress, has been in failing health and was hospitalized for a heart attack in September.

"I am home with John and we have entered a new phase," Dingell tweeted at 9:31 a.m. "He is my love and we have been a team for nearly 40 years."



Dingell added, "I will be taking each day as it comes. We thank people for their friendship and support and ask for prayers and privacy during this difficult time."

Dingell is receiving hospice care after he was diagnosed with cancer, which he does not plan to treat, The Detroit News reports.

Dingell served in Congress from 1955 until his retirement in 2015. His wife succeeded him.

Debbie Dingell did not attend Tuesday's State of the Union.

Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.