Jones was hospitalized after his health dropped after a broken thigh that he received on January 14. According to his cabinet, Congressman Jones was a man of the people. With a kind heart and courage in his beliefs, he devoted his life to the service of his Savior and the assertion of the Americans who needed a voice, "he said in his cabinet statement," He was a champion for our men and women in uniform and their families, always paying attention to their service and sacrifice. "
" Congressman Jones will be remembered for his honesty, faith and integrity for a long time, "the statement continues." He never feared to take a principled stance. He was known for his independence and was widely admired by the political spectrum. "Some may have disagreed with it, but everyone has admitted that he has done what he believed to be right," says in the statement.
Colleagues Reached on Jones Pass
Politicians on both sides of the path expressed condolences and complained about the loss of a congressman from North Carolina.
House of Freedom House chairman Mark Meadows wrote on Twitter, "deeply saddened by the death of Walter Jones, a beloved colleague and friend who had a deep influence on everyone through his mercy, character and dedicated Christian faith.
Republican representative of North Carolina Mark Walker, posted on Twitter, "Walter Jones is the only one of its kind. He serves with conviction, humility, generosity and kindness. My condolences to Jo Ann and the Jones family. "
The North Carolina Democratic Republic of GC Butterfield twitches:" I am deeply saddened by the death of a longtime leader, proud of North Carolina, a devoted family man of deep faith, and my friend for over forty years ̵
California Democrat John Garamondi posted on Twitter, "@RepWalterJones was a champion for our men and women in uniform for moral courage and leadership, and one of my closest friends in Congress." Last week, I introduced a bill that we developed together in his honor. "
" This will provide much needed control and accountability to Congress in the conflict in Afghanistan – a matter that Walter was the leader of his time in Congress, "writes Garamendi." Become a great man, a great friend and a real fighter for the people of Se faithful Carolina. "
The Democratic Republic of California, Eric Suluell, published on Twitter," RIP, Rep. Walter Jones. He was a friend. For the first time I met Walter when I was a Hill trainee, not only was he kind enough to talk to me, he remembered my name and checked me all summer. I hope he is. "
Rhode Island Democrat Red. David Chiesleyne wrote:" Walter Jones was conceived, a committed legislator who always did what he thought was right. It will be deeply missed. "
Katie Bernard of CNN contributed to this report
This story has been updated.