The family of Alan Kruger, former economic advisor to Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, said he committed suicide over the weekend.

The Kruger family released a statement: “It is with tremendous sadness we share that Professor Alan B. Krueger, beloved husband, father, son, brother, and Princeton professor of economics, took his own life over the weekend. The family requests the time and space to grieve and remember him. In lieu of flowers, we encourage those wishing to honor Alan to make a contribution to the charity of their choice.”

The cause of death was not released by Princeton University. Their statement only said, “Princeton University is saddened to share that Alan Krueger, James Madison Professor of Political Economy, passed away over the weekend.”

Krueger served as Former President Bill Clinton's Chief Economist at the Department of Labor, and as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under President Obama, Princeton said.

Barack Obama released a statement calling Krueger “a fundamentally good and decent man.”

More on the story from the Washington Examiner:

"Alan was someone who was deeper than numbers on a screen and charts on a page," Obama said. "He saw economic policy not as a matter of abstract theories, but as a way to make people’s lives better."

Thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the loss of Alan Krueger.

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