U.S. Rep. Andy Barr’s wife passes away unexpectedly at age of 39

In this Jan. 6, 2015, file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, administers a ceremonial re-enactment of the House oath-of-office to Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., accompanied by his wife Eleanor Carol Leavell on Capitol Hill in Washington. Eleanor Carol Leavell died unexpectedly in the family’s home Tuesday night at the age of 39, news outlets reported. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — News outlets reported that the wife of U.S. Congressman Andy Barr passed away unexpectedly in the family’s home Tuesday night at the age of 39.

A statement from Barr’s Chief of Staff Mary Rosado said that Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr, the wife of U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, passed away in Lexington.

“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.”

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement he and his wife are “stunned and heartbroken” by the news, and send their “sincere condolences to Andy, their family and his staff at this terribly painful time.”

Kentucky politicians including Gov. Andy Beshear and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, sent their condolences for her sudden passing.

Barr, grew up in Kentucky and attended college at the University of Kentucky, news outlets reported. She married Andy Barr in 2008 and later had two children. She was the executive director of Lexington’s Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship and worked for Pfizer.