Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow died Tuesday at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport with COVID-19.

Letlow, 41, was transferred from St. Francis Medical Center to the Ochsner LSU Health ICU on Dec. 23 and has been treated there since then.

Letlow is survived by his wife, Julia Barnhill Letlow, and two young children.

“The family appreciates the numerous prayers and support over the past days but asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time,” the family said in a statement. “A statement from the family along with funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.”

Letlow, R-Start, announced Dec. 18 he tested positive for COVID-19 and was first quarantining at his Richland Parish home.

But on Dec. 19, he was admitted to St. Francis as symptoms persisted and eventually he was transferred to Shreveport.

Gov. John Bel Edwards mourned Letlow’s death.

“COVID-19 has taken Congressman-elect Letlow from us far too soon,” Edwards said. “I am heartbroken that he will not be able to serve our people as a U.S. representative, but I am even more devastated for his loving family.



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