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Louisiana legislator-elect dies of COVID-19


BATON ROUGE, #Louisiana, U.S. (AP) – #Luke #Letlow, #Louisiana’s next #Republican member of the #House of #Representatives, passed away #Tuesday night from complications related to COVID-19 just days before he was sworn in.

#Letlow spokesman #Andrew #Bautsch confirmed the death of the 41-year-old lawmaker at #Ochsner-LSU #Health #Shreveport hospital.

“The family appreciates all the prayers and support in recent days but requests privacy during these difficult and unexpected times,” #Bautsch said in a statement. “A statement from the family and funeral arrangements will be released later.”

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#All eight members of the #Louisiana legislative delegation described #Letlow’s passing as devastating.

“Luke had a positive spirit and an extremely bright future ahead of him. #He was eager to serve the people of #Louisiana in #Congress, and we were excited to welcome him into our delegation, where he was ready to make a greater impact on our state and our nation, “they said in a statement.

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The most recent state legislator, who was preparing to take office in #January, was admitted to #Monroe #Hospital on #December 19 after testing positive for the coronavirus. #He was later transferred to the #Shreveport facility, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit.

LSU #Health #Shreveport’s #Dr. GE #Ghali told The #Advocate that #Letlow had no underlying illnesses.

#Louisiana #Governor #John #Bel #Edwards called people to pray for #Letlow’s family.

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“COVID-19 took from us legislator-elect #Letlow too soon,” the #Democratic governor said in a statement. “#It breaks my heart that he will not be able to serve our people as a federal representative, but I am even more devastated for his family.”

#Letlow is survived by his wife #Julia #Barnhill #Letlow and their two children.



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https://www.chron.com/news/article/Legislador-electo-de-Luisiana-muere-de-COVID-19-15835396.php

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