A recently elected US lawmaker, Luke Letlow, 41, a Representative for Louisiana’s 5th district, has died from Covid-19, and he was the first member of the US Congress to die from the disease.
He announced on 18 December that he had tested positive for coronavirus and admitted to hospital soon for treatment.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has send his condolences message to Letlow’s family and ordered flags to be flown at half-mast on the day of his funeral.
“It is with heavy hearts that @FirstLadyOfLA and I offer our condolences to Congressman-elect Luke Letlow’s family on his passing after a battle with Covid-19,” Mr Edwards tweeted.
“I am heartbroken that he will not be able to serve our people as a US Representative, but I am even more devastated for his loving family.”
Letlow was admitted to hospital on 19th of December due to complications from the coronavirus. His condition worsened and on 23rd and was transferred to an intensive care unit at a hospital in Shreveport, where he died on Tuesday.
Letlow is survived by his wife, Julia Barnhill Letlow, and two young children.