Updated: February 28, 2021
Louisiana Rep.-elect Luke Letlow has died of COVID-19. He was 41.
His campaign manager Andrew Bautsch confirmed his death in a statement on Tuesday night.
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Letlow was getting treatment in the intensive care unit in Shreveport, according to an announcement on his Twitter page last week.
Letlow had been receiving treatment at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe and was transferred to Ochsner LSU Health on December 23.
He had won the 5th District seat representing Northeast and Central Louisiana. He would have been Rep. Ralph Abraham’s successor.
His campaign manager Bautsch wrote: “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.”