USA congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies of COVID-19

Thursday, 31 Dec, 2020

U.S. Representative-elect Luke Letlow of Louisiana died on Tuesday of COVID-19, his campaign said. He was later moved to intensive care at the Shreveport facility.

Letlow leaves behind his wife, Bernhill Letlow, and their two children.

"The family appreciates the numerous prayers and support over the past days but asks for privacy during this hard and unexpected time", Andrew Bautsch, a representative for Letlow said.

Letlow, 41, had announced his diagnosis on his Facebook page on December 18, writing that he was "at home resting, following all CDC guidelines, quarantine protocols, and the recommendations of my doctors".

Letlow, a Republican, won a runoff election on December 5 for the 5th District seat, which represents Northeast and Central Louisiana. The statement quoted the hospital chancellor describing Letlow's condition as stable while receiving Remdesivir - a drug to shorten recovery time - and steroids.

A congressman-elect in the United States, Luke Letlow, has died of COVID-19.

Louisiana Congressman-Elect Luke Letlow Dies at 41 After Being Hospitalized With Covid
US Congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies of COVID-19

A delegation of Louisiana congressional lawmakers, including House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, said they are "devastated" following Letlow's death.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) added to the wave of tweeted condolences at the news of Letlow's death on Tuesday evening saying that "COVID-19 has taken Congressman-elect Letlow from us far too soon". "My wife Dee Dee and I ask for millions of Americans to join us in prayers for this dear family".

Letlow previously served as chief of staff to former Rep. Ralph Abraham before being elected, Politico reported. News of Letlow's death was met with an immediate outpouring of support for the congressman-elect's family.

"His passion for service has been a constant throughout his life". "I pray for his family and for every family who has lost a loved one to COVID-19. He was a brother and I'm heartbroken he's gone". Nearly 7,400 people in Louisiana have died from COVID-19, according to the state health agency. "So, as you remember Luke, his widow, his children, in your prayers, remember as well to be careful with covid".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi opened her weekly news conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill by extending "great sympathy" to the congressman-elect's family and pushing for greater efforts to end the pandemic.