A former Fox News web video producer was found dead in his Bronx, N.Y. home, just hours after finding out that his son died from injuries caused by a gunshot wound from two days earlier.
Okera Ras, 54, was found unresponsive Wednesday evening. The cause of death was not officially announced. Ras’ cousin, Vernon Pouncey, told FoxNews that the New York City medical examiner told a family member it appeared Ras “laid down to go to sleep and never woke up.”
Pouncey said he was extremely close to all his children, a true family man.
Detectives are still investigating the shooting death of Ras’ 34-year-old son, Duro Akil. 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.
Akil was treated at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.
Ras presumed his son would be able to recover, but the family learned that Akil’s injuries were more extensive than previously thought.
The New York City Police Department do not have anyone in custody yet but they have identified a suspect.
Makini Akil, Ras’ daughter, told reporters that the family believes her father died of a broken heart.
“It was really too much for him,” she said. “It was really like heartbreak.”
Ras received a master’s degree in communication from New York University. Coworker’s said he was remembered as a “diligent worker who had a warm smile for colleagues and a contagious laugh.”
He recently left Fox News to pursue his own business ventures.
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