A 'Terribly Painful' Sudden Death in Kentucky

Cause of death still unclear for 39-year-old Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr, wife of Rep. Andy Barr
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 17, 2020 7:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – The wife of a US Congressman from Kentucky died unexpectedly in the family's home Tuesday night at the age of 39, news outlets reported. Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr, the wife of Rep. Andy Barr, passed away in Lexington, Barr's chief of staff said in a statement, per the AP. The Fayette County coroner was called to the family's home following the announcement of her passing, WKYT-TV reports. "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 statement added. "Congressman Barr may release a more detailed statement at a later date, but right now is solely focused on being a father to his two beautiful daughters."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement he and his wife are "stunned and heartbroken" by the news, sending their "sincere condolences to Andy, their family, and his staff at this terribly painful time." Condolences for her passing flowed in through the night from other Kentucky politicians, including Gov. Andy Beshear and Sen. Rand Paul. Barr, who went by Carol, grew up in the state and went on to attend the University of Kentucky, news outlets report. She married Andy Barr in 2008, and the couple went on to have two children. She'd worked for Pfizer, and as the executive director of Lexington's Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship. Rep. Barr represents Kentucky's 6th District, which includes the cities of Lexington, Richmond, and Frankfort.

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