Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr, the wife of Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.), has died suddenly at the age of 39.
The cause of death hasnt been released and its not clear whether the couples two daughters were there when Barr died.
Rep. Barr, 49, married his wife in 2008.
“Congressman Andy Barrs wife Carol passed away suddenly tonight at the family home in Lexington,” Mary Rosado, Barrs chief of staff, said in a statement to news outlets.
“During this tragic time, we respectfully ask for privacy for Congressman Barr and his family to grieve Mrs. Barr being called home to heaven.”
The congressman may release a more detailed statement in the future but is currently focused on being a father to his daughters, the staffer said.
Happy Mothers Day from our family to yours. Today, Im celebrating my wife Carol, and I hope youll join me in celebrating all the amazing moms across KY06. pic.twitter.com/pS9S8xcSwW
— Andy Barr (@barrforcongress) May 10, 2020
Barr was the executive director of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship, a nonprofit that seeks to inspire cooperative national political dialogue.
The center in a statement said Barr “was beloved for her kindness, elegance, and compassion.”
“Anyone who had the privilege of meeting Carol immediately experienced the glow of her warmth and hospitality, which were indicative of how she served her community and loved her family,” it added.
Elected officials shared tributes to Barr and condolences to her husband.
“Elaine and I are stunned and heartbroken by Carol Barrs passing. Her warmth filled whatever room she entered. Her contributions made Kentucky a better place for all of us. We send our sincere condolences to Andy, their girls, and their family at this terribly painful time,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said.
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