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Jeffrey Corzine dead, son of former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine was 31

In this April 13, 2007 file photo, New

In this April 13, 2007 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine's son Jeffrey speaks to the media outside Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J., where his father was hospitalized with injuries sustained in an auto accident on the Garden State Parkway. A spokesman for Jon Corzine said on Thursday, March 13, 2014, that Jeffrey Corzine had died at the age of 31. Credit: AP / Jackie Schear

NEWARK - Former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine's son has died.

Corzine spokesman Steven Goldberg says 31-year-old Jeffrey Corzine had suffered from severe depression for years and killed himself Tuesday. Goldberg says he'd been receiving treatment for a painful physical and mental ailment and "made the tragic decision to take his own life."

Goldberg says in a statement issued Thursday the former governor is "devastated."

Jeffrey Corzine was the youngest of the former politician's three children with ex-wife Joanne Corzine. He often joined his father during the 2005 gubernatorial race and was by his side following a near-fatal 2009 car accident.

Jon Corzine was a Wall Street CEO before becoming a Democratic U.S. senator and governor.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has sent condolences on behalf of "all the people of New Jersey." Christie defeated Corzine in 2009.

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