Louisiana congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies after Covid diagnosis

A U.S. Congressman-elect from Louisiana who was 41 years outdated has died after a battle with Covid-19, his spokesman introduced Tuesday night time.

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 dying at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport on Letlow's Facebook web page.

"The family appreciates the numerous prayers and support over the past days but asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time," Bautsch stated. "A statement from the family along with funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time."

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

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Letlow introduced on Dec. 18 that he examined constructive 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 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 stated in an announcement.

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 p.c, in accordance with the secretary of state's web site.

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