October 4, 2022

Rep.-elect dead from coronavirus at 41, just days from inauguration

COVID-19 has already claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans, including a list of celebrities, politicians and other high-profile people.

According to the Daily Caller, the latest victim of the nasty virus was U.S. House of Representatives Louisana Republican Rep.-elect Luke Letlow (R), who reportedly died of complications from the virus at the young age of 41, just days before he was set to begin his career in the lower chamber. 

The young politician was receiving treatment for the virus at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Louisiana. On December 23, presumably because of the complications in his diagnosis, he was transferred to Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport, Louisiana where just short of a week later he would pass away from the illness.

“Letlow is survived by his wife, Julia Barnhill Letlow, Phd., and two young children. The family appreciates the numerous prayers and support over the past days but asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time. A statement from the family along with funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time,” his campaign spokesperson wrote in a statement.

Letlow’s death marks the first fatality of a representative or representative-elect since the beginning of the pandemic earlier in 2020.

According to WDSU, Letlow easily won his 5th District seat, representing Northeast and Central Louisiana, with 62 percent of the vote, securing his place as Rep. Ralph Abraham’s (R-LA) successor.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a heartfelt statement concerning Letlow’s tragic passing, praising Letlow’s work with former Governor Bobby Jindal and Abraham, saying that Letlow “felt a calling from a young age” to enter a career of serving the people of his home state.

“I hope all of the people of Louisiana will join Donna and me in praying for Congressman-elect Letlow’s family, especially his wife Julia and their two children, his many friends and the people of the 5th Congressional District,” Edwards said.

The governor also ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on the day of Letlow’s funeral to honor the young man’s legacy.

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