Aug 14, 2023 - News

Mayor LaToya Cantrell's husband has died, city officials say

LaToya Cantrell, husband Jason and daughter RayAnn are seen in this undated photo released in 2021. Photo: Courtesy of Mayor LaToya Cantrell

Mayor LaToya Cantrell's husband, Jason Cantrell, has died, city officials announced Monday.

  • All city flags will fly at half-staff in his memory, according to a statement from the mayor's office.

Driving the news: Jason Cantrell, 55, died Monday, a spokesman for the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office says. His cause and manner of death remain under investigation.

  • The Cantrells would have been married 24 years next month, according to the mayor's social media. They have a daughter, RayAnn.

Zoom in: Jason Cantrell was a longtime lawyer and previously worked as an Orleans Parish public defender, according to Michelle Woodfork, the city's interim police chief.

  • He also spent several years as a prosecutor in the city attorney's office, she said in a statement.

What they're saying: "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," city spokesperson Gregory Joseph said in a statement.

  • "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."

What's next: Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.

  • "I don't imagine the mayor will be speaking much about this publicly because it's a family matter," Joseph told | The Times-Picayune.
  • Officials asked for privacy for the Cantrell family during this time.

Editor's note: This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.


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