- Emmanuel Apraku, also known as Ray Styles, died on October 1, 2020
- Also referred to as Pencil Celebrity, Ray suffered kidney and liver diseases
- His final words before his death shows that he was desperate to undergo his surgery successfully and to continue living his life
- His death has been received with shock and heartbreak
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Ray Styles, known in real life as Emmanuel Apraku, died sadly on October 1, 2020 in India.
He had been on admission at the Apollo Hospital in New Delhi in that country.
His final words before his death as recorded in a conversation he had with a friend have been released, proving that Ray had hopes to recover from his ailment and live life again.
In the chat, Ray had sent a message to the friend asking if he saw his condition as announced in the media.
The friend responded in the affirmative and added that he even made a contribution toward his surgery.
Ray thanked the friend and asked for God’s blessings for him for the contribution.
He then wrote in capital letters: “WE SHALL DO IT. I THINK MY STORY WILL ELEVATE….”
The young man, before his death, was a very talented artist and painter who made portraits and paintings of mainly celebrities - the reason why he earned the name Pencil Celebrities.
He made paintings for the First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo, President Akufo-Addo himself, and other celebrities, including Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku, Bola Ray, just to mention a few.
Ray's health condition became public in the month of August 2020, sparking a nationwide campaign for a donation toward his surgery.
Rebecca Akufo Addo donated a sum of $20,000 (GHc115,577.86) toward the surgery. It was announced that the total sum required for his treatment was £40,000 (GHc305,342.84).
A Go-Fund-me account was created for Ray Styles which garnered massive funds to support the treatment abroad.
The ailing young man was very much pleased with the support and thanked Ghanaians for the massive show of love to him.
Unfortunately, he could not recover from the disease and died painfully. May God be with his family and help with the strength they need to cope with this tragic loss.
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