Alan Krueger, the famed Princeton University economist and a top adviser to Barack Obama and Bill Clinton reportedly committed suicide.
His passing was initially announced Monday by Princeton, which praised him as “a true leader in his field, known and admired for both his research and teaching.”
Krueger served as chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor during the Clinton administration and chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers during Obama’s time in office.
Krueger was also known for his research that found that raising the minimum wage did not raise unemployment. The 1994 study co-authored with David Card was titled “Minimum Wages and Employment
In a statement released by the Krueger family, they regretted the loss of their illustrous sons and asked that sympathisers not to send flowers:
“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,”
Princeton University said in a statement. “Alan was recognized as a true leader in his field, known and admired for both his research and teaching,”
Alan Krueger survived by his wife and two children received numerous awards, including the Kershaw Prize by the Association for Public Policy and Management in 1997 for distinguished contributions to public policy analysis.