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Republican Congressman-Elect Luke Letlow Dies From COVID


#Congressman-elect #Luke #Letlow died on #Tuesday evening at a #Louisiana hospital from complications due to the coronavirus after being hospitalized for 11 days. #He was 41.

#Letlow was days away from being sworn in as US representative for #Louisiana’s 5th #Congressional #District as the state’s youngest congressman.

#His death was announced via spokesperson #Andrew #Bautsch in a statement published to the #Facebook.

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“The family appreciates the numerous prayers and support over the past days but asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time,” said #Bautsch.

#On #Dec. 18, #Letlow announced via #Twitter that he had tested positive for the virus and that he would be isolating.

#His condition appeared to have deteriorated quickly as he was admitted into hospital the next day.

#In an update last week, G.E. #Ghali, the chancellor of LSU #Health #Shreveport, said #Letlow was in a stable condition in an intensive care unit, where he was receiving steroids and the antiviral medicine remdesivir.

#Ghali told The #Advocate that #Letlow had no underlying health conditions.

#Letlow won a runoff election on #Dec. 6 to replace outgoing #Republican #Ralph #Abraham, for whom he had previously worked as chief of staff.

#During his campaign, he frequently shared photos of himself at small outdoor gatherings, sometimes wearing a mask and sometimes not.

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#His passing was mourned by other #Republican members of #Congress from #Louisiana.

#Louisiana #Gov. #John #Bel #Edwards has ordered flags be lowered to half-staff in the state to commemorate #Letlow.

“COVID-19 has taken #Congressman-elect #Letlow from us far too soon,” #Bel #Edwards said on #Twitter. “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.”

#Letlow is survived by his wife and two young children.





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