Luke Letlow, a mask-eschewing congressman-elect from Louisiana, has died after a battle with COVID-19.
Letlow was young (he just turned 41) and in good health prior to testing positive for the virus on December 18, spent four days in care at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Louisiana, ahead of being transferred to the ICU of Ochsner LSU Health on December 23. He died December 29.
His campaign manager, Andrew Bautsch, said in a statement:
Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, 41, passed away this evening at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport due to complications from COVID-19.
Letlow was admitted into a Monroe Hospital on December 19 after testing positive for the coronavirus and was transferred to Ochsner-LSU Health on Tuesday, December 22, and placed in intensive care.
Letlow is survived by his wife, Julia Barnhill Letlow, Phd., and two young children.
The family appreciates the numerous prayers and support over the past days but asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time.
A statement from the family along with funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.
Note: There is not a single mask on his Instagram timeline, but he does include photos of family gatherings, including hanging out with his grandmother on her 90th birthday in October. No masks on Twitter, in spite of campaigning all over.
Here is the late politician pushing to set aside COVID-19 restrictions and open everything up:
Our economy is vital to future of our state and our country.— Luke Letlow (@LukeLetlow) October 8, 2020
“So while we’ve been cautious and I think both the state and federal level have taken numerous precautions for COVID-19. We’re now at a place if we do not open our economy we’re in real danger.” pic.twitter.com/g3WKTuwMj2