Newly elected congressman from Louisiana, Luke Letlow has died after being diagnosed with Covid.
Letlow announced that he tested positive for the virus in a December 18 post on Facebook. Days later he was admitted at St. Francis Hospital for treatment and was transferred to the intensive care unit at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport on December 23.
“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 that was first reported by the Monroe News-Star.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards offered condolences on Twitter, writing, “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.”
The congressman-elect leaves behind a wife and two small children. He was 41-years-old.