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Louisiana Elected Representative Luke Letlow, who died while battling COVID-19, suffered a heart attack following a procedure, a hospital official said.
The 41-year-old man was receiving treatment in the intensive care unit at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport when he died Tuesday, Monroe News-Star reported.
LSU Health Shreveport Chancellor G.E. Ghali confirmed that Letlow underwent an operation related to the virus and then went into cardiac arrest.
“It is devastating for our entire team,” Ghali told the newspaper, adding that “he had no underlying conditions.”
The Republican had first announced that he tested positive for the virus on December 18 and said he was in quarantine at his Richland Parish home.
But his health began to deteriorate and on December 19 he was admitted to St. Francis Medical Center and eventually transferred to Ochsner LSU Health.
Letlow is survived by his wife, Julia Barnhill
Letlow is survived by his wife, Julia Barnhill Letlow, in addition to their children, 3-year-old Jeremiah and 11-month-old Jacqueline, the newspaper reported.
“The family appreciates the many prayers and support over the past few days, but asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time,” Letlow spokesman Andrew Bautsch said in a statement to the Monroe News-Star.
Letlow was to be sworn in to Congress Sunday after winning the Pelican State 5th District seat in a runoff race on Dec. 5.