12/04/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama's Nevada State Director Dies

Marc Ambinder reports some sad news:

Terence Tolbert, Barack Obama's Nevada state director, died suddenly of a heart attack yesterday. He was 44, and a former senior aide to New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein and mayor Michael Bloomberg.

For this reason, the mood in Obama's campaign headquarters is more somber than it otherwise would be.

In a statement this morning, Obama said he was "shocked and saddened" to learn of the death.

"Terence was a strong force in this campaign, with a positive outlook that brought people together. He was much loved by his team, who often repeated his motto of 'leave no stone unturned.' His enthusiasm, talent, and warm heart will truly be missed. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Obama-Biden family are with his wife and loved ones," Obama said.

Tolbert is survived by his wife, Freida, and his mother, Carolyn.

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