Louisiana state Rep. Reggie Bagala dies after battle with COVID-19

Louisiana state Rep. Reggie Bagala dies after battle with COVID-19
Bagala was 54 years old and assumed office on January 13, 2020. (Source: Lafourche Parish Government)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - State Rep. Reggie Bagala died on Thursday, April 9 after his fight against COVID-19 coronavirus.

Bagala was 54 years old and assumed office on January 13, 2020.

He was a freshman lawmaker who represented parts of Lafourche and Jefferson Parish.

Tristan Paul Bagala, Reggie Bagala’s son, made a statement 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...

Posted by Tristan Paul Bagala on Thursday, April 9, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement on Bagala’s passing:

“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. Just one month ago, he entered the Louisiana State Capitol with excitement and eagerness to serve the people of our great state and the people of House District 54, and today we mourn his loss,” Gov. Edwards said in a statement.

“We are better for having people like Rep. Bagala who are willing to be public servants and make our state better. I ask the people of Louisiana to join Donna and me in praying for Rep. Bagala’s family, friends, colleagues and the people of House District 54 during this difficult time”

Louisiana Senate President Page Cortez released a statement Friday morning saying,

“We are all deeply saddened to learn 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 be truly missed.”

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