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.
“[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.”
Douglas Elmendorf, the dean of the Harvard Kennedy School, called Carter’s death “so sudden and so devastating.”
“The United States and the world know Ash Carter for his lifelong efforts to serve this country, to defend the best values of this country, and to build a safer world…