Republican Rep. Andy Barr (KY) suffered a tragic loss this week.
A spokesperson announced Tuesday that the Kentucky congressman’s wife, Carol, had died “suddenly” at their home in Lexington, the Daily Caller reported. She was just 39.
A tragic loss
While details of the 39-year-old’s cause of death have remained sparse, it is clear that Rep. Barr was not expecting to get this tragic news anytime soon. According to People magazine, reports suggested “that Carol ‘likely’ had a massive, fatal brain aneurysm.” A coroner indeed cited natural causes.
In a statement Tuesday, the congressman’s chief of staff said the family is asking for privacy. “Congressman Barr may release a detailed statement at a later date, but right now is solely focused on being a father to his two daughters,” a spokesperson said.
The Barrs had been married since 2008, People reported, and they had two daughters together, Eleanor and Mary Clay.
Hate to hear this. Rep. Andy Barr’s wife, Carol, has suddenly passed away. Statement from his chief of staff: pic.twitter.com/gcimqv0ntC
— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) June 17, 2020
The Daily Caller noted that reporters later clarified the congressman’s wife had died Tuesday, not Monday night, as the original statement suggested.
Leaving a legacy
In a separate statement Wednesday morning, Barr described his late wife as “beautiful, dear, and precious,” saying she was “the greatest, most selfless and giving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend anyone could ever have,” according to People.
She also apparently made quite an impression on other members of Congress and Rep. Barr’s constituents.
“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 in a tweet Tuesday, according to The Hill.
Even Josh Hicks, who The Hill described as “a Democrat running to unseat Barr in this cycle,” had kind words for the family following the tragedy.
My prayers are with @RepAndyBarr, his children, and his entire family. This is an unimaginable loss. While we may disagree politically, we’re both family men and I can’t fathom the pain he must be experiencing right now.
— Josh Hicks (@joshhicksky) June 17, 2020