Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow died of coronavirus complications on Tuesday night. He was 41 years old.

Letlow, who turned 41 this month, died from a virus that has killed a larger percentage of elderly people. When asked if Letlow had any underlying health conditions that would have made his death more likely, Dr. G.E. Ghali, of LSU Health Shreveport, replied, “none. All COVID-related.”

Letlow was transferred to the intensive care unit at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport on Dec. 23. He was initially admitted to a Monroe hospital with COVID-19 symptoms on Dec. 19.

Congressman-elect Luke Letlow died Tuesday evening from complications with COVID-19, shaking the Louisiana political world weeks after his ele…

The average age of a person who has died from coronavirus in Louisiana is 75 years old, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.

There have been 7,397 deaths in Louisiana that are either confirmed or believed to be related to coronavirus. That number includes 7,034 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths.

Of the total deaths, 72% were among people 70 years old and older.

The Louisiana Department of Health reported 3,106 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 54 more confirmed deaths in its noon update on Tuesday.

Just 3% of the deaths were among people between the ages of 40 and 49. That makes Letlow one of 227 coronavirus-related deaths in his age range.

Letlow turned 41 years old this month. He was set to become Louisiana’s youngest U.S. representative at his inauguration next month.

While older people are more likely to die from the virus, younger people have died too.

Mauro Rojas, 25, left behind two children, ages two and three, when he died in August.

Baton Rouge nurse TeQuilla Parker, 39, died from coronavirus complications in early October after two months in a hospital. She leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter and her fiancé.

Luke Letlow was set to become Louisiana’s youngest U.S. representative. He died Tuesday night from complications with COVID-19.

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, just 4.2% of people who have died from coronavirus in Louisiana did not have an underlying condition.

Here’s the breakdown on the percentage of coronavirus victims had what underlying conditions:

  • Asthma: 4.09%
  • Cancer: 8.71%
  • Cardiac Disease: 26.54%
  • Chronic Kidney Disease: 22.22%
  • Congestive Heart Failure: 16.80%
  • Diabetes: 37.29%
  • Hypertension: 63.99%
  • Neurological: 27.38%
  • Obesity: 20.75%
  • Pulmonary: 14.53%
  • None: 4.20%

Staff writer Sam Karlin contributed to this report.

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