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A Young Obama Staffer Dies, And A Frantic Campaign Pauses To Mourn

Alex Okrent, 29, collapsed at Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago today. Both campaigns paused at the end of an unusually bitter week to mourn him, and President Obama called his family.

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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.

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.-- Mitt Romney

@MittRomney Thank you, governor. Alex was a beloved member of our team. It's been a very emotional day.

@MittRomney Thank you, governor. Alex was a beloved member of our team. It's been a very emotional day.-- David Axelrod

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.@HeyAok - we will miss you, Alex. you left a beautiful legacy. we will never forget your spirit or your passion. rest in peace, brother.

.@HeyAok - we will miss you, Alex. you left a beautiful legacy. we will never forget your spirit or your passion. rest in peace, brother.-- Jeremy Bird

Alex Okrent (@heyaok) was just an awesome person. Like seriously one of the best to work with. This is stunning and and terribly sad.

Alex Okrent (@heyaok) was just an awesome person. Like seriously one of the best to work with. This is stunning and and terribly sad.-- Adam Beck

You know those politicos who pretend to know more & control more than they actually do? @HeyAok was the opposite. Rest in peace, brother.

You know those politicos who pretend to know more & control more than they actually do? @HeyAok was the opposite. Rest in peace, brother.-- John Del Cecato

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