Congressman Walter Jones in hospice

FARMVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Congressman Walter Jones is in hospice, his wife Joe Anne Jones confirmed Saturday at their home in Farmville.

The family declined to give any other details about his condition.

Jones' health has declined after breaking his hip last week, the Congressman's Washington office said.

"The family asks for your prayers, and for their privacy to be respected during this difficult time," according to the release.

The Third District Representative has been battling an undisclosed illness since the fall. His leave of absence has kept him from casting votes in the U.S. House since September. He also recently broke his hip and underwent surgery Jan. 15, according to his office.

Jones is 75 years old and has served in Congress for 24 years.