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Louisiana’s new Republican member of the United States House died of COVID-19 before being sworn in

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Luke Letlow, Louisiana’s newest Republican member of the United States House, died Tuesday evening of complications from COVID-19 just days before being sworn in. He was 41 years old.

Letlow spokesman Andrew Bautsch confirmed the death of the elected congressman at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport.

“The family appreciates the many prayers and support of the past few days, but asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time,” Bautsch said in a statement. “A family statement and funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.”

The new congressman, elected in a runoff in December and due to take office in January, was admitted to a hospital in Monroe on December 19 after testing positive for coronavirus disease. He was then transferred to the Shreveport facility and placed in intensive care.

Letlow is survived by his wife, Julia Barnhill Letlow, and two children.

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