Louisiana State Representative Reggie Bagala has died after battling COVID-19, The Advocate reports.
Bagala, 54, represented District 54, which includes Larose, Cut Off, and Grand Isle.
He was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2019.
Bagala is the first member of the Louisiana Legislature to die from COVID-19. He was hospitalized last week.
"A successful businessman, devoted family man, and active volunteer, Rep. Bagala spent his life making his community and south Louisiana a better place to live for everyone," said Gov. John Bel Edwards in a statement released Thursday night.
Gov. John Bel Edwards ordered flags to be flown at half-staff over the Louisiana State Capitol until sunset on April 13, 2020, as an expression of respect for Rep. Reggie Bagala.
Senate President Page Cortez released the following statement on Bagala's death:
“We are all deeply saddened to learn of the passing of State Representative Reggie Bagala, who just yesterday lost his battle with COVID-19. Rep. Bagala served his community and state with passion and dedication, leaving behind a legacy that demonstrates the heart of a true public servant. I know I join all of my colleagues in the legislature when I say that it was an honor to serve beside him.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rep. Bagala’s family and loved ones during this difficult time. He was our colleague and friend and he will truly be missed.”