Former congressman Gus Savage dies at 90

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OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. — Former congressman Gus Savage has passed away. He was 90.

According to a statement released by his grandson, Rev. Thomas Savage Jr., Savage was found unresponsive Saturday morning after celebrating his 90th birthday Friday night.

Savage was born in Detroit before moving to Chicago as a child. He represented the 2nd District on Chicago’s South Side from 1981 to 1993.

Savage was a controversial and outspoken congressman who had been condemned by the House Ethics Committee amid allegations of sexual misconduct involving a Peace Corps volunteer while he was on an official congressional visit to Zaire, according to Chicago Tribune reports.

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.