Luke Letlow, Louisiana’s latest Republican member of the U.S. Home, died Tuesday night time from issues associated to COVID-19 solely days earlier than being sworn into workplace. He was 41 years previous.

Letlow spokesman Andrew Bautsch confirmed the congressman-elect’s demise at Ochsner-LSU Well being Shreveport.

“The household appreciates the quite a few prayers and assist over the previous days however asks for privateness throughout this tough and sudden time,” Bautsch mentioned in an announcement. “An announcement from the household together with funeral preparations will probably be introduced at a later time.”

The incoming congressman, elected in a December runoff and set to take workplace in January, was admitted to a Monroe hospital on Dec. 19 after testing optimistic for the coronavirus illness. He was later transferred to the Shreveport facility and positioned in intensive care.

Letlow is survived by his spouse, Julia Barnhill Letlow, and two kids.

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