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Covid-19 : Congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies after being hospitalized with COVID-19

MONROE, La. (KNOE) – Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19.

Letlow’s representative, Andrew Bautsch, released the following statement online Tuesday evening.

“Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, 41, passed away this evening at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport due to complications from COVID-19.

“Letlow was admitted into a Monroe hospital on December 19 after testing positive for the coronavirus and was transferred to Ochsner-LSU Health on Tuesday, December 22, and placed in intensive care. Letlow is survived by his wife, Julia Barnhill Letlow, Phd., 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. A statement from the family along with funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.”

Letlow announced his diagnosis on social media on Dec. 18, 2020.

The Republican was set to take over Louisiana’s 5th District U.S. Congressional seat being vacated by Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham.

He leaves behind a wife and two children. Letlow was 41 years old.

Further statements on the passing of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow:

In a series of tweets, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said:

“It is with heavy hearts that @FirstLadyOfLA and I offer our condolences to Congressman-elect Luke Letlow’s family on his passing after a battle with COVID-19.

“Congressman-elect Letlow felt a calling from a young age to serve the people of his home state, working behind the scenes for former Governor Bobby Jindal and serving as chief of staff to Congressman Ralph Abraham, who he was recently elected to succeed.

COVID-19 has taken Congressman-elect Letlow from us far too soon. 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.

“I hope all of the people of Louisiana will join Donna and me in praying for Congressman-elect Letlow’s family, especially his wife Julia and their two children, his many friends, and the people of the 5th Congressional District.

“Louisiana has lost more than 7,300 people to COVID-19 since March, and each one of them leaves a tremendous hole in our state.

“I have ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on the day of Congressman-elect Letlow’s funeral.”

LABI President and CEO Stephen Waguespack released the following statement on the passing of Congressman-Elect Luke Letlow: 

“Tonight, Louisiana lost a great man. A promising public servant, a loving husband and father, a Louisianan through and through. I want to extend my deepest condolences to his family and my most sincerest appreciation for having known him and the privilege of calling him a friend. Louisiana needs more men like Luke and I pray that his legacy will serve as a role model for others to follow in his footsteps.”

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