The family of a Princeton University economist and former top economic adviser to former President Barack Obama Alan Krueger has said he committed suicide.
“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.”
Sooooo you’re thinking what we’re thinking?
— Addrian ???????? ⭐⭐⭐ (@AddrianStorm) March 20, 2019
The suicide of Alan Krueger, a former Obama and Clinton adviser who killed himself this weekend, has shocked the worlds of politics and business where he was universally revered.
Krueger, 58, had a new book coming out in June and was still a member of faculty at Princeton University in New Jersey.
He lived at home with his wife Lisa, with whom he has two children, Benjamin, 28, and Sydney, 26. He is survived by them, his elderly parents and siblings.
The family confirmed that he killed himself in a statement that was released by Princeton on Monday but no further details surrounding his death have emerged.
Krueger, who served as a top adviser to both Obama and Clinton, recently completed his sixth book, Rockonomics.
The book, which will be released in June, ‘uses the music industry, from superstar artists to music executives, from managers to promoters, as a way in to explain key principles of economics, and the forces shaping our economic lives.’ More
Why did Barack Obama and Clinton economic adviser take his own life despite having a new book coming out this June? Sometimes very accomplished people struggle with their own demons and lose.
I find it very suspicious how many people near the Clinton and Obama orbit chose to commit suicide. It is clearly higher than the average rate.
— Cory Groshek (@CoryGroshek) March 19, 2019