New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s husband Jason has died at the age of only 55 years old.
“It is with great sadness and heartache that we announce the passing of First Gentleman Jason Cantrell,” director of communications Gregory Joseph said in a statement.
“He was a devoted husband and father, as well as a dedicated public servant who valiantly served the residents of this city not only alongside Mayor Cantrell but also as an experienced family, civil and criminal attorney. First Gentleman Cantrell will forever be missed and cherished by his beloved family, the legal community and the entire City of New Orleans. May he rest in God’s eternal peace,” the statement continues. “Our love and prayers remain with Mayor Cantrell, their daughter RayAnn and the entire Cantrell family. We ask that you please respect their privacy during this challenging time.”
The statement did not mention the man’s cause of death.
LaToya Cantrell, a Democrat, has been serving as the city’s mayor for more than five years.
The couple was apparently nearing their 24th wedding anniversary because the mayor had posted on social media about their 20th anniversary in 2019. “20 years! I couldn’t let this day pass without wishing my husband a very happy anniversary! Jason, I love you! God is good!” she wrote in a September 4, 2019 tweet.
New Orleans City Council President JP Morrell issued a statement in which he noted that he had known Jason Cantrell for almost two decades. “He was an exceptional attorney and father, whom we will all miss,” Morrell noted. “I send my condolences to Mayor Cantrell, their daughter, RayAnn, his father, Judge Harry Cantrell (retired), as well as the entire Cantrell family during this extremely difficult time.”
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