Jeff Parker Cause of death: What Happened to the MARTA CEO?

MARTA General Manager Jeff Parker died Friday night in an apparent suicide, MARTA has confirmed.

Rita Scott, MARTA board chair, issued a statement on Parker’s death:

“The MARTA Board of Directors grieves the shocking death of our GM/CEO Jeff Parker who has died by suicide. He was an outstanding leader and steward of MARTA whose passing leaves us all heartbroken. 


As Chairwoman and on behalf of my fellow MARTA board members, we are devastated at this loss as we valued Jeff’s leadership and looked forward to him bringing his vision for transit to fruition.

The entire metro Atlanta region owes him a debt of gratitude for his transformational efforts and we will not stop working to build on the foundation he created. 

As we struggle to understand the complexity of this tragedy, we grieve with and for his wife Erin, his daughters and all of Jeff’s family and friends as well as his MARTA family. As we continue to grieve, we want you to know that suicide is preventable and help is available to you.”

Jeff Parker Cause Of Death

According to several people close to the transit agency, Parker walked in front of a MARTA train at the East Lake MARTA station at about 10:30 p.m.

MARTA did send out a tweet at 10:39 pm Friday night notifying the public of an emergency at East Lake, saying there were going to be delays on the Blue Line.

At 2:41 a.m. Saturday morning, MARTA tweeted out an update: “In response to the emergency situation at East Lake, bus shuttle service & MARTAConnect has now ended. We thank you for your patience.”

Stephany Fisher, a MARTA  spokeswoman, sent out the following statement at 8:47 a.m.:

“With very heavy hearts, we share the official news of GM/CEO Jeffrey Parker’s tragic passing on Friday evening, January 14, 2022. Please keep his family in your prayers and meditations. In the coming days, we will share more information on the transition plan, including grief counseling for employees as we process this devastating news. Jeff cared deeply about MARTA and his leadership gave us a strong foundation from which to carry forward.”


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