The city of New Orleans was struck by sorrow on Monday as news broke of the passing of First Gentleman Jason Cantrell, husband of Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

According to, a statement released by the mayor's spokesperson relayed the heartbreaking news, while details regarding the cause and exact time of death were omitted.

"A pillar of support" to both his family and the community, Jason Cantrell was remembered for his unwavering dedication as a husband, father, and public servant. His commitment extended beyond familial roles; he also distinguished himself as an accomplished family, civil, and criminal attorney who tirelessly advocated for justice. In collaboration with Mayor Cantrell, he served the city "with a fervor that left an indelible mark on New Orleans."

Spokesperson Gregory Joseph expressed the deep loss felt by the city and beyond, 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. 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."

Amid this time of profound grief, the mayor's family, especially her daughter RayAnn, is at the forefront of the community's thoughts and prayers. The family's privacy is being respected as they navigate through this challenging period. described Jason Cantrell's professional legacy as a reflection of his commitment to justice, particularly in his specialization in criminal defense law. His dedication to his craft was inspired by his family lineage, with his father, Harry Cantrell, having served as an Orleans Parish Criminal District Court magistrate judge until his retirement in 2020.

News of Jason Cantrell's untimely passing prompted an outpouring of condolences from members of the New Orleans City Council. Council Vice President Helena Moreno urged fellow New Orleanians to stand by the mayor and her family in their thoughts and prayers during this trying time. Councilperson Joe Giarrusso remembered Jason as a man who had dedicated himself wholeheartedly to his profession, his family, and the betterment of the city.

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