Bart Chilton, the former commissioner at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, has died at age 58 due to a “sudden illness,” RT announced on Saturday.
Between 2007 and 2014, Chilton headed the CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee and the Global Markets Advisory Committee. Following his departure from the CFTC, he became a senior adviser at law firm DLA Piper. He also hosted RT’s financial show Boom Bust.
Chilton was also curious and, at times, supportive of cryptocurrencies. He believed crypto assets were “not a scam or fraud,” saying there was legitimacy behind Bitcoin. In his Forbes article published earlier this year, he discussed the “Good, Bad And Ugly” of cryptocurrencies; he claimed “the 80 percent price plummet we saw from December of 2017” was a positive thing.