Congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies after Covid prognosis

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A U.S. Congressman-elect from Louisiana who was 41 years outdated has died after a battle with Covid-19, his spokesman introduced Tuesday evening.

Luke Letlow, a Republican, was elected as U.S. consultant for Louisiana’s fifth Congressional District in a December runoff.

Letlow spokesman Andrew Bautsch confirmed the congressman-elect’s loss of life at Ochsner-LSU Well being Shreveport on Letlow’s Fb web page.

“The household appreciates the quite a few prayers and help over the previous days however asks for privateness throughout this troublesome and surprising time,” Bautsch stated. “A press release from the household together with funeral preparations can be introduced at a later time.”

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards was amongst those that expressed condolences to Letlow’s household.

Letlow introduced on Dec. 18 that he examined optimistic for Covid-19, days later tweeted that he was being handled at a hospital, and on Wednesday his consultant stated he’d been transferred to a different hospital the place he was steady within the intensive care unit.

“I hope all the folks of Louisiana will be part of Donna and me in praying for Congressman-elect Letlow’s household, particularly his spouse Julia and their two youngsters, his many mates and the folks of the fifth Congressional District,” Edwards stated in a press release.

The governor has ordered flags flown at half-staff on the day of Letlow’s funeral.

Letlow beat fellow Republican Lance Harris in a runoff election earlier this month, 62 to 38 %, in keeping with the secretary of state’s web site.