Letlow is survived by his wife, Julia Barnhill Letlow, and two young children — Jeremiah, 3, and Jacqueline, 11 months…

Letlow, R-Start, announced Dec. 18 he tested positive for COVID-19 and was first quarantining at his Richland Parish home.

But on Dec. 19, he was admitted to St. Francis as symptoms persisted and eventually he was transferred to Shreveport.

LSU Health Shreveport Chancellor G.E. Ghali said Letlow died from a heart attack following a procedure related to the infection.

“It’s devastating to our entire team,” Ghali said.

“He had no underlying conditions,” Ghali said. “It was just COVID.”