Congressman-elect dies from COVID-19

Louisianan was 41; had no underlying conditions. In less than two weeks, the virus took his life.


National News

December 30, 2020 - 10:15 AM

The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Luke Letlow, a newly elected U.S. congressman set to represent Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District, died from COVID-19 on Tuesday. He was 41.

Letlow, a Republican who won his House seat in a Dec. 5 special election in the northeast Louisiana district, died at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center, the Associated Press reported.

Letlow was diagnosed with the disease Dec. 18. He was admitted to a hospital the next day and then transferred to the Shreveport facility’s intensive care unit Dec. 23.

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