What Was Louise Slaughter's Cause of Death? Congresswoman Dead at 88

New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has died at the age of 88. The Democrat served as U.S. representative for New York's 25th congressional district from 1987 to 2018.

Slaughter had been hospitalized just two days ago after suffering a concussion in a fall at her Washington, D.C. residence. The Washington Post's congressional reporter, Ed O'Keefe, tweeted that Democratic aides said her death was due to complications from the fall.

JUST IN: Rep. @LouiseSlaughter (D-N.Y.) died Thursday evening after complications from a fall, according to two Democratic aides.

— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) March 16, 2018

In a statement on Thursday, the day before her death, Liam Fitzsimmons, Slaughter's chief of staff, said the congresswoman was "taken to George Washington University Hospital to receive treatment and monitoring for a concussion. She did not suffer any fractures or broken bones and is receiving excellent care from the world-class medical staff at GW hospital."

In the announcement of her death on Friday, Fitzsimmons said, "To have met Louise Slaughter is to have known a force of nature. She was a relentless advocate for Western New York whose visionary leadership brought infrastructure upgrades, technology and research investments, and two federal manufacturing institutes to Rochester that will transform the local economy for generations to come."

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement: "Congresswoman Louise Slaughter was a giant. She had deep convictions—on both issues important to the people of Rochester, and for the integrity and honesty of the political system.

"Throughout her entire career, Louise worked with people from so many different philosophies and backgrounds, because she was such a genuine human spirit. The ferocity of her advocacy was matched only by the depth of her compassion and humanity.

"Her passing will leave a gaping hole in our hearts and our nation. My sincere condolences go out to her daughters and grandchildren and to the legions of people who loved and admired her."