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Obama campaign staffer collapses at Chicago headquarters, dies

A staffer working at the Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago collapsed and died, the Chicago Tribune reported Saturday, citing campaign officials.

Paramedics were dispatched shortly before 11 a.m. on  Friday to attend to Alexander Okrent, 29, after he became unconscious, the report said, citing a Chicago Fire Department spokesman.

He was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m., the report said.  Police were not called because the incident did not appear suspicious, but an autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause of death, it said.


President Barack Obama, who was campaigning in Virginia, called Okrent’s family to offer condolences, the Tribune said, citing campaign officials.

Okrent's LinkedIn profile describes him as a paid media and polling regional director at Obama for America and shows that he has worked in a variety of capacities for the Obama campaign since 2003-2004.

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