BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana Representative Alfred Williams, D-Baton Rouge, died Tuesday night, according to a family friend.
Williams, 64, passed away at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital after complications from a knee surgery.
Williams has been a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives since 2011. He represented District 61 in East Baton Rouge Parish.
His legislative office released the following statement Tuesday:
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made. They will be announced once they are finalized.
Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a statement Wednesday morning about Williams' death:
Jindal issued an Executive Order Wednesday for flags at all state buildings to be flown at half staff until Friday, August 7, in honor of Williams' passing.
Louisiana House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, also released a statement Wednesday morning regarding the legislator's passing:
As chairwoman of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, State Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, released a statement Wednesday morning on the loss of Williams:
State Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, released the following statement Tuesday night:
Edwards and Williams both served on the House Civil Law and House Education Committees.
Recently, Williams has called for an investigation into the Department of Children and Family Services after a malnourished 15-year-old was found living in horrible conditions on July 8.
"Representative Williams was a friend that I worked with for a number of years," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "Like so many others, I was terribly saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones."
He was an alum of Captiol High since 1969. He graduated from Southern with a B.A. in 1972 and again from Southern's Law School in 1977.