Obama campaign staffer dies after collapsing

Posted at 8:21 AM, Jul 14, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-14 08:21:38-04

By CNN Political Unit

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Friday called the family of a campaign staffer who collapsed in the Chicago headquarters and later died, Obama’s campaign said.

The staffer, 29-year-old Alex Okrent, worked in the campaign’s advertising department, the Chicago Sun-Times said in a report, which campaign officials acknowledged was accurate.

The president offered his condolences to Okrent’s family and spoke with other members of his campaign staff in a conference call, his campaign said.

Obama was campaigning in Virginia on Friday.

Okrent had worked on Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign, the Sun-Times report said.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann Romney, acknowledged Okrent in a tweet after the news emerged.

“Ann & I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Alex Okrent,” he tweeted. “Prayers are with Alex’s loved ones and the entire Obama campaign team.”

David Axlerod, a senior adviser to Obama’s campaign, tweeted in reply to Romney: “Thank you, governor. Alex was a beloved member of our team. It’s been a very emotional day.”

No further details were immediately available.