Something horrible happened on Wednesday night that left everyone in shock. The former Fox News web/ video producer was found dead in his New York apartment. This happened right after he found out that his son surrendered to injuries from a gunshot that happened two days earlier.
Fox News reports that Ras’ cause of death was not officially announced. Vernon Pouncey, Ras’ cousin, told FoxNews.com that the New York City medical examiner told a family member it appeared Ras “laid down to go to sleep and never woke up.”
“He was close to his son,” Pouncey said. “He was a dedicated father to all of his children.”
The investigation into the shooting death of Ras’ son, Duro Akil, 34, is ongoing. Akil, who lived with his father, heard a commotion in the hallway of their apartment building and opened the door, Pouncey said. The gunman fired through the door and hit Akil, Pouncey said.
Ras, 54, was under the impression that his son would be able to recover, Pouncey said. But the family learned that Akil’s injuries were more extensive than previously believed, he said. The New York City Police Department could not confirm details about what led up to the shooting. There have been no arrests. The New York Daily News reported that police have identified a suspect.
Makini Akil, Ras’ daughter, told the paper that the family believes her father died of a broken heart. “It was really too much for him,” she told the paper. “It was really like heartbreak.”
His ex- colleagues were devastated by the news and told that he was a diligent worker who had a warm smile for colleagues and a contagious laugh. He will be missed.
This is a sad condition for the entire family. Especially, given the fact that Ras before dying was planning a family reunion. He even left Fox News to pursue his own business ideas that were going to help him reunite the family. May he rest in peace.