A 29-year-old staffer working for President Barack Obama’s re-election died today after collapsing at the campaign’s Chicago headquarters, according to a campaign official.
Alex Okrent had worked for Obama since 2004, according to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. During a campaign tour through Virginia today, Obama called Okrent’s family and later consoled other campaign staffers on a conference call, the official said.
The Chicago Sun-Times earlier reported that Okrent had collapsed at the campaign’s headquarters and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, the paper said.
Okrent is a native of Evanston, Illinois, and graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, the newspaper said.
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