President Barack Obama, who was campaigning in Virginia, called Okrent's family to express his condolences and later spoke with other campaign aides by conference call. Okrent had been with Obama since 2004 and was working in the "paid media" department of the reelection effort. His department handles advertising, according to a Yahoo
Akron, Ohio cafe owner Josephine "Anne" Harris, 70, died hours after she served Obama breakfast during a recent campaign stop.
Mitt Romney quickly expressed sorrow over Okrent's passing. "Ann & I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Alex Okrent," he said on Twitter.
"Prayers are with Alex's loved ones and the entire Obama campaign team," Romney's tweet continued.
Top Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod responded: "@MittRomney Thank you, governor. Alex was a beloved member of our team. It's been a very emotional day."
The Chicago Sun-Times
reported that Chicago paramedics were called at 10:36 a.m., after Okrent collapsed. He was treated by emergency care givers at the Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago's Prudential Building, then taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Okrent was a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut, the paper said. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebusalso expressed condolence, saying on Twitter: "So sorry to hear about Obama staffer Alex Okrent. Horrible to lose someone that young. Prayers with his family & Obama staff."