Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, Louisiana’s incoming Republican member of the U.S. House, died Tuesday night after being diagnosed with Covid-19 only days before he would have been sworn into office. He was 41.
“Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, 41, passed away this evening at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport due to complications from COVID-19,” Letlow spokesman Andrew Bautsch wrote in a post on the Republican congressman-elect’s Facebook page.
Letlow spokesman Andrew Bautsch confirmed the congressman-elect’s death at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport.
“The family appreciates the numerous prayers and support over the past days but asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time,” Bautsch said in a statement. “A statement from the family along with funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.”
Letlow was set to be sworn in as U.S. representative for the state’s northeastern 5th congressional district on Jan. 3.
Letlow had announced his diagnosis on his Facebook page on December 18, Letlow announced that he had contracted COVID-19 on Dec. 18 and was hospitalized a day later. He kept his followers updated on his condition on social media, writing that he was “at home resting, following all CDC guidelines, quarantine protocols, and the recommendations of my doctors.”
Days before his death, he was in intensive care at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, La., and was later transferred to Ochsner-LSU Health in Shreveport on Dec. 22.
Louisiana’s eight-member congressional delegation called Letlow’s death devastating.
“Luke had such a positive spirit, and a tremendously bright future ahead of him. He was looking forward to serving the people of Louisiana in Congress, and we were excited to welcome him to our delegation where he was ready to make an even greater impact on our state and our nation,” they said in a statement.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, “Our hearts break tonight as we process the news of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow’s passing.”
Our hearts break tonight as we process the news of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow’s passing.
I spoke with his wife, Julia. Judy and I are praying for her and their two young children during this terrible time.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) December 30, 2020