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Ash Carter, Former Secretary of Defense Under Obama, Dead at 68 After Suffering “Sudden Cardiac Event”

Ash Carter, Secretary of Defense under Barack Obama died Monday night after suffering a “sudden cardiac event.”

He was 68.

“It is with deep and profound sadness that the family of former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter shares that Secretary Carter passed away Monday evening in Boston after a sudden cardiac event at the age of 68,” his family said in a statement. “[He] devoted his professional life to the national security of the United States and teaching students about international affairs. He was a beloved husband, father, mentor, and friend. His sudden loss will be felt by all who knew him.”

Ash Carter served as Secretary of Defense from February 2015 to January 2017.

CNN reported:

Ashton Carter, who served as President Barack Obama’s final defense secretary, has died, his family said. He was 68.

Carter, who led the Defense Department from February 2015 to January 2017, suffered a “sudden cardiac event” on Monday night in Boston, his family said in a statement.

He is survived by his wife, Stephanie, and his children, Ava and Will.

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