Congressman-elect Luke Letlow (R-La.) has died of COVID-19.
The 41-year-old contracted the virus on Dec. 18 and was later moved to an intensive care unit in Shreveport, Louisiana, for therapy as his situation worsened.
He “apparently suffered a cardiac event this evening,” and efforts to resuscitate him failed, Dr. G.E. Ghali of LSU Health Shreveport advised The New Orleans Advocate. Ghali added that Letlow’s situation, although nonetheless important, had apparently been bettering when the cardiac occasion occurred.
Letlow, who was elected in a December runoff, was set to take workplace Sunday as Louisiana’s youngest ever congressman.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) expressed grief at Letlow’s passing.
“COVID-19 has taken Congressman-elect Letlow from us far too soon,” he wrote 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 spouse, Julie Barnhill Letlow, and two younger kids, his spokesperson Andrew Bautsch stated in an announcement.
He is the primary member or member-elect of Congress recognized to have died from problems of the coronavirus, Politico noted.
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