Former Fox News web video producer Okera Ras was found dead in his New York home in Bronx on Wednesday, several hours after he found his son died after he was shot two days before, according to Fox News.
The cause of Okera’s death is not yet formally disclosed. Ras’ cousin, Vernon Pouncey, told Fox News that an NYC medical examiner told Ras’ family that the deceased has probably “laid down to go to sleep and never woke up.”
“He was close to his son,” said Pouncey. “He was a dedicated father to all of his children.”
There’s still an ongoing investigation into the murder of Ras’ 34-year-old son Duro Akil, who lived his father in an apartment building where, after hearing an argument in the hallway, he opened the door and was gunned down by a still unidentified shooter, according to Pouncey.
“We were in the middle of the street screaming. In shock,” said Akil’s 23-year-old sister, Makini Akil.“It was like something out of a movie scene.”
Makini claims that the family is almost convinced that the longtime Fox News employee had died of a broken heart since he was the one who drove his injured son to the hospital where he succumbed to the gun shot wound.
“It was really too much for him,” Makini told the New York Daily News. “It was really like heartbreak.”
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