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Congressman-elect Luke Letlow underwent surgery for blood clot before his death

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Louisiana Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, who died of COVID-19 complications, was operated on for a blood clot before he succumbed to a heart attack, according to a new report.

The 41-year-old Republican underwent two procedures to treat a blood clot that he developed while he battled the coronavirus, the Monroe News-Star reported.

The second operation appeared to be successful on Tuesday but he died later that day from a heart attack at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport, the paper reported.

“It’s devastating to our entire team,” LSU Health Shreveport Chancellor G.E. Ghali told the paper, adding that he “had no underlying conditions.”

Funeral arrangements have been made for Saturday afternoon at North Monroe Baptist Church in Monroe, the paper reported.

All COVID-19 restrictions will be followed and mourners will be required to wear masks.

Letlow — who was set to take office Sunday after winning a run-off election — is survived by his Julia Barnhill Letlow, in addition to his children, 3-year-old Jeremiah and 11-month-old Jacqueline.

“We are heartbroken to have lost Luke far too early, and with far too much promise, but we are immensely grateful for all that Luke achieved in a life defined by service to others and a steadfast commitment to making a real difference in this world,” the family said in a statement to the paper.

Luke Letlow
Luke Letlow

“The incredible outpouring of support from across our community, state, and country is a testament to how many lives Luke impacted through his friendship, leadership and genuine goodness.” 

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