Former advisor to Obama and Clinton commits suicide months before his book release

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Alan Krueger, who was an important economics professor at Princeton University was also an advisor for former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. He has committed suicide according to a statement released by his family. He was 58 and had a book ready to be published in June.

Based on a reported by Reuters, Krueger served as the chief economist for the United States Department of Labor during Bill Clinton's time as president. While Obama was president, Krueger was the chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.


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He's been teaching at Princeton since 1987, so they will greatly miss him.

Krueger's family released a short statement requesting privacy and space away from others.

"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."

Princeton released a statement and called him a "true leader in his field, known and admired for both his research and teaching."

Reuters stated that "Krueger received numerous awards, including the Kershaw Prize from the Association for Public Policy and Management in 1997 for distinguished contributions to public policy analysis by someone under the age of 40."

According to Penguin Random House, Krueger was set to release a new book titled 'Rockonomics' on June 4, 2019. 

They introduced his new book by stating that "Alan Krueger, a former chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, 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."

It's such a shame when these things happen to people and the family is left often without answers.

No one truly knows what's going on inside someone's head.

Just be there for your loved ones, no matter what - that's all you can ever do.

He leaves behind a wife and two children.