41-Year Old Luke Letlow Dies From COVID-19 Complications. Louisiana Republican Was Set To Be Sworn In Sunday.

FILE - In this July 22, 2020 file photo, Luke Letlow, R-Start, chief of staff to exiting U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, speaks after signing up to run for Louisiana's 5th Congressional District in Baton Rouge, La. Louisiana’s newest member of Congress is in intensive care with COVID-19. Posts on Rep. Luke Letlow’s website and Twitter account Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 noted that the congressman is being treated at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

On Tuesday, a couple of months after his winning campaign to join Congress, and just a few days from being sworn in, 41-year-old Luke Letlow died from COVID-19 complications.

Louisiana’s incoming Republican member of the U.S. House, a married father of two, had tested positive for the virus on Dec. 18 and announced at the time he was quarantined at home. The next day, he was admitted to a Monroe hospital and later transferred to Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport, La., and placed in intensive care. A family friend confirmed to the Monroe (La.) News-Star that Letlow passed away while in the ICU. 

Dr. G.E. Ghali, of LSU Health Shreveport, told the (Baton Rouge, La.) Advocate that Letlow didn’t have any underlying health conditions that would have placed him at greater risk to COVID. According to Ghali, Letlow had shown signs of improvement when he “apparently suffered a cardiac event this evening that was refractory to all resuscitation efforts.”

Letlow, from rural Start, La., won Louisiana’s 5th District seat in a Dec. 5 runoff race and would have been sworn into office on Sunday.

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

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards urged prayers for Letlow’s family. “COVID-19 has taken Congressman-elect Letlow from us far too soon,” the Democratic governor said in a statement. “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.”

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please hover over that comment, click the ∨ icon, and mark it as spam. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.