Rep.-elect Luke Letlow (R-La.) was dead on Tuesday night, Dec. 29, 10 days after he was hospitalized from complications related to the CCP Virus (coronavirus).
Letlow died at the young age of 41, and just days before he could be sworn into office. He had just gotten elected three weeks ago in his first race to Congress after defeating three-term state Rep. Lance Harris (R-La.).
Letlow’s family said in a statement that he was admitted to a hospital in Monroe, Louisiana, on Dec. 19, before being transferred to Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport when his condition worsened.
Dr. G.E. Ghali of the Shreveport facility said that Letlow eventually “suffered a cardiac event this evening that was refractory to all resuscitation efforts,” according to Fox News.
Letlow, a former chief of staff, ran for office to fill the seat being vacated by his former boss, Ralph Abraham, who served three terms in office.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement saying the entire chamber mourns his passing.
“May it be a comfort to Luke’s wife Julia and their children Jeremiah and Jacqueline that so many mourn their loss and are praying for them at this sad time,” Pelosi wrote.
The CCP Virus arrived in the United States at the beginning of this year and has claimed more than 330,000 lives.