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Obama campaign aide dies after collapsing at headquarters

12:28 PM, Jul 14, 2012   |    comments
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A 29-year-old campaign operative working on President Obama's re-election effort died today after falling ill at campaign headquarters in Chicago, according to the Obama campaign. 

President Obama called the family of Alex Okrent earlier today to offer his condolences and also spoke by phone with staff in Chicago about Okrent's death.

Obama was campaigning in southern Virginia this afternoon, when he learned about Okrent's death.

During this election cycle, Okrent worked in the campaign's paid media department. He worked as a deputy field director in Cleveland for Obama's 2008 campaign as well as Obama's 2004 senate campaign.

Tributes to Okrent began pouring in on Twitter on Friday evening, including some from Okrent's colleagues on the Obama campaign.

"We will miss you, Alex. You left a beautiful legacy. We will never forget your spirit or your passion. Rest in peace, brother," wrote Jeremy Bird, Obama's National Field Director.

Obama's GOP rival Mitt Romney also offered his condolences.

"Ann & I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Alex Okrent. Prayers are with Alex's loved ones and the entire Obama campaign team," Romney wrote on Twitter.

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