Louisiana Rep. chose Luke Letlow to die on Tuesday night from complications related to the coronavirus. He is 41 years old.
A family friend confirmed to “Monroe News Star” that Letlow died in the intensive care unit of Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport, where he has been hospitalized for COVID-19 since December 23.
His spokesperson said in a statement: “The whole family appreciates the countless prayers and support over the past few days, but asks for privacy at this difficult and unexpected time.
The newly elected Republican announced on December 18 that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was first isolated at home.
He was hospitalized the next day and was eventually transferred to the ICU.
Lowlow, a pair of married fathers from a rural area in Start, Louisiana, won a seat in the fifth district of the Pelican State in the final on December 5 and is scheduled to take office on Sunday .
Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards offered condolences to Letlow’s family, saying that he had ordered the funeral of half the staff to the elected congressman, which will be announced in the future on the day of the flight.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, as her husband continued to fight the disease, Letlow’s wife Julia thanked the public for “continuous prayers and good wishes.”
She wrote: “We sincerely thank everyone for their support and feel very honored to be moved by so many prayers.”