Robert Hamilton, chief operating officer of Fredrickson & Byron, PA, the largest law firm in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, died suddenly last week, the firm announced.
“Fedrickson is saddened to announce the unexpected death of its Chief Executive Officer, Robert J. Hamilton, on January 15, 2023,” according to the firm’s news release.
According to his obituary, Robert Hamilton “died suddenly of a ruptured aortic aneurysm on January 15, 2023 at the age of 65.”
According to the CDC, an aortic aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge in the aorta, the large artery that carries blood from the heart through the chest and torso. A blood vessel can burst completely, causing bleeding inside the body. This is called rupture.
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Tributes poured in from Hamilton’s colleagues following the news of his sudden death.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the organization, Kevin P. Goodnow said in a statement, “It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our friend and colleague Bob Hamilton. Bob joined our firm in 1992 and served in several leadership roles, first as Chief Financial Officer and later as Chief Operating Officer. He helped guide the organization through a period of unprecedented growth. Today, Fredrickson is the largest law firm in the Twin Cities and one of the strongest regional law firms in the country. We owe Bob a debt of gratitude for his exceptional leadership. On behalf of the entire organization, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Bob’s wife, family and friends.
“A hallmark of Bob’s servant leadership is his commitment to building talented and diverse teams that work together to support the firm and provide sound advice and advocacy to our clients,” said John M., president of Fredrickson. “Bob brought that passion and approach to his many years of service to the nonprofit Global Rights for Women, an organization that advocates for freedom from violence for women around the world. Bob had a lasting impact on our organization and in our community.
Remember, longtime American sports journalist Grant Wall died of a sudden aneurysm while covering the soccer World Cup in Qatar. He is 49 years old.
Val’s wife Dr. Celine Gounder said Wall died of a “slow-growing, non-ascending aortic aneurysm with hemopericardium”.
“He had an autopsy done in New York by the New York City medical examiner’s office, and it showed that he ruptured an aortic aneurysm,” Gounder told CBS News on Thursday.