Reggie Bagala, a Republican Louisiana state representative who assumed the office in January, has died from coronavirus complications, his family confirmed. He was 54.
Bagala’s son, Tristan Paul Bagala, announced on Facebook, “Mes chers amis, it is with deep sadness that I have to let y’all know that my father, best podna, and state Rep Reggie Bagala has passed away. He was a profoundly honest and decent man, who loved unceasingly. His family, his culture, his LSU Tigers, his friends, and his home here on Bayou Lafourche.”
“Our t-slice of the world will not be the same without such a pillar of our community and an example of the values we hold dearest,” Tristan continued. “My mom and I would like to thank you all once more for your prayers and support during this time.”
The Louisiana lawmaker, who graduated from LSU as a political science major, lived in Lockport and had been battling a severe case of COVID-19 over the past few weeks. He was first admitted for treatment at Oscher St. Anne Hospital in late March, and on April 3, WBRZ reported that Bagala needed to be put on a ventilator to assist his breathing.
On April 5, Tristan Bagala announced that his father was stable enough through the night for his ventilator to be reduced to only 65% and that his blood oxygen levels were improving.
Back in October 2019, Bagala won a three-way race for the 54th District seat in Lafourche Parish, which also covers Grand Isle, part of Jefferson Parish. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Lousiana state legislature was adjourned until June 1 in hopes of mitigating the pandemic spread of COVID-19. In addition to Bagala, fellow Lousiana State Rep. Ted James, a Democrat from Baton Rouge, has tested positive for coronavirus.
Tributes & Well Wishes For Rep. Bagala’s Family Were Shared On Twitter
Following Bagala’s passing, former Louisiana legislature member Marty J. Chabert tweeted, “It is with great sadness to let you know @tpbagala just informed me of his father’s passing! See below. Please pray for Rep Bagala’s family. #godblessreggie.”
Tanner McGee, part-time speaker of Louisiana’s House of Representatives, tweeted, “This breaks my heart. He was so excited to serve. And he was a genuine person who loved people. I wish I could served with him longer. #lalege”
Louisiana Is In Danger Of Becoming a Hot Zone Of Coronavirus
As of April 9, Louisiana has confirmed a total of 18,283 positive coronavirus cases, with a death toll of 702 victims. Of the state’s 63 parishes, 62 have confirmed cases of coronavirus as Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards continues to encourage residents to practice social distancing.
Louisiana has a total of 2,014 hospitalized patients as of April 9, an uptick of 30 people from the day before, and is in danger of becoming the next major hot zone of COVID-19. Nationwide, there are over 463,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nearly 17,000 deaths, according to The New York Times.