Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released a statement on Theodore "Ted" Jones, who died on Sunday, August 11 at the age of 85.  

“Today we lost a legend in Ted Jones, a fixture in Louisiana politics who launched his career from the stage of the Louisiana Hayride and then for more than six decades walked the halls of the State Capitol, worked in the Congress and led the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians as it brought the spirit of Mardi Gras to Washington, D.C.

Over the course of his career, he served as a confidant and adviser to senators, congressmen and governors, myself included. I will forever be grateful to Ted for his counsel and confidence and his love and vision for Louisiana. 

Please join Donna and me in prayer for Ted’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

Gov. Edwards ordered all flags over the State Capitol and state buildings shall be flown at half-staff in honor of Ted Jones. 

You can read the executive order here.