Fox News ex-employee dies after learning of son’s death

Okera Ras, a former Fox News web video manufacturer, was found dead in his Bronx, N.Y., home Wednesday, just hours after learning that his son succumbed to injuries from a gunshot wound from two weeks earlier.

Ras cause of death was not officially announced. Vernon Pouncey, Ras cousin, told that the New York City medical examiner told a relative it appeared Ras laid down to go to sleep and never woke up.

He had been near his son, Pouncey said. He was a committed father to all of his kids.

The investigation into the shooting death of Ras son, Duro Akil, 34, is ongoing. Akil, who dwelt with his father, heard a commotion in the hallway of their apartment building and opened up the door, Pouncey said. The gunman fired through the door and hit Akil, Pouncey said.

Akil was medicated at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.

Ras, 54, was under the belief that his son would be able to recuperate, Pouncey said. But the family discovered that Akils injuries were more extensive than previously thought, he said.

The New York City Police Department couldn’t confirm details about what contributed into 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 actually too much for him, she told the paper. It was actually like heartbreak.

Ras, who received a masters degree in communication from New York University, was remembered in the Fox News newsroom as a diligent worker who had a warm smile for coworkers and a contagious laugh. He recently left Fox News to pursue his own business ventures.

Ras was a family guy who had been planning a family reunion that is taking place in Virginia Beach, Va., next week. He had been active in his Bronx community also directed a monthly healing retreat, his daughter told the paper.

GoFundMePage for the family said he had been a cultural custodian of Afrocentric customs, such as Kwanzaa, Khamitic and natural healing practices.

Edmund DeMarche is a news editor for Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.

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