His sister, Janet Green, confirmed to CNN on Sunday that the cause of death was a heart attack. She called him “an intellect, an amazing scientist, an amazing father … an amazing family man.”
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy referred to Brooks as “one of our state’s unsung heroes” in a January 25 news conference, saying his work “undoubtedly saved lives.”
“We cannot thank Andy enough for all he did across his career,” Murphy said. “He will be sorely missed by many.”
Last year, Brooks spoke about the impact the saliva test had as an alternative to nasal PCR tests for health care workers.
Brooks is survived by his mother, sister, wife and three daughters, along with a niece and nephew, Rutgers’ statement said.