DENVER, Colorado (CNN) - It was classic Clinton.
It was Sen. Hillary Clinton's big night but before her speech even began, former President Bill Clinton reached out in his box and firmly embraced a young African-American man.
Clinton gripped the young man tightly; to millions watching on television, it was clear he could feel Mervyn Jones Jr.'s pain.
Watch: Clintons honor Tubbs Jones
As he sat down for his wife's headlining address, Bill Clinton's silent embrace of the 25-year-old son of recently deceased Ohio Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones resonated loudly.
Rep. Tubbs Jones, of course, was a solid and loyal Clinton supporter, standing by the Clintons even when many other black leaders were shifting their support to Barack Obama.
Then, in her speech, Sen. Clinton herself took a moment to mention Tubbs Jones and her son.
"Steadfast in her beliefs, a fighter of uncommon grace, she was an inspiration to me and to us all," Clinton said. "Our heart goes out to Stephanie's son, Mervyn Jr."
The public moment of recognition was the result of years of friendship.
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DENVER (CNN) – DNC Chairman Howard Dean, who convened to order the Democratic convention, is wearing a "STJ" button with a picture of the late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones.
The 58 year old Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress, died last week after suffering an aneurysm.
(CNN) – Ohio Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones has died after suffering from a serious aneurysm, medical officials said Wednesday. She was 58.
Tubbs Jones, in her fifth term representing parts of Cleveland and its suburbs, was the first black woman to represent Ohio in the House of Representatives.
(CNN) - Ohio Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones remains in critical condition at a Cleveland, Ohio, hospital with limited brain function, but has not died, said Dr. Gus Kious, chief of staff at Huron Hospital.
Democratic sources previously had told CNN Tubbs Jones had died.
Earlier: Jones rushed to hospital
(CNN) – Ohio Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a Democratic superdelegate and one of Hillary Clinton's most ardent supporters, was rushed to the hospital Tuesday evening and is currently in stable condition, her office confirmed to CNN Wednesday.
Spokeswoman Nicole Williams would not give out further details, though CNN affiliate WEWS reports police officers were called to Tubbs-Jones' car Tuesday night for an emergency. Williams would not say whether Tubbs Jones is currently conscious.
Elected to Congress in 1998, Tubbs Jones is the first black female U.S. Representative from Ohio. She was an early supporter of Clinton's White House bid but endorsed Barack Obama in June after the New York senator bowed out of the race.