Popular pencil artist dies in India

Popular pencil artist, Emmanuel Apraku, popularly known as Ray Styles,ย  has died in India.

His company confirmed his death on its Instagram page.


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We regret to announce the passing of ๐„๐ฆ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ฎ๐ž๐ฅ ๐€๐ฉ๐ซ๐š๐ค๐ฎ ๐€๐Š๐€ ๐‘๐š๐ฒ ๐’๐ญ๐ฒ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ. This occurred on October 1st at the Apollo Hospital in New Delhi, India. Please continue to pray for the soul of ๐‘๐š๐ฒ. He fought a good fight but unfortunately lost the battle.โฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃ The Maker needed His artist back. Thank you for giving Ray his flowers before his demise. He felt the love and appreciated each and everyone of you. โฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃ ๐“๐ก๐š๐ง๐ค ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ โฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃ #aRayOfHope #penciledcelebrities

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Apraku had undergone surgery in New Delhi and was recovering.

The pencil artist was diagnosed with a liver-related illness and had grown frail and looked very pale.

One of Ray’s works

He needed ยฃ40,000ย  for surgery.

After his plight was brought to social media attention last August, it triggered a frantic fund-raising effort.

A GoFundMe account was created on Wednesday, August 19 to raise $55,000 for his surgery. It raised more than $70,000.

Ghanaโ€™s first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, joined in the donations withย  $20,000.

Ray styles left Ghana for India on September 7, he underwent surgery and was expected to return to Ghana in October.

According to a poet, Koo Kumi, the pencil artist had indicated to him that he would be “returning soon.”

But he, unfortunately, passed away on Thursday afternoon.

Several on-air personalities took to social media to announce his passing.

Some social media users have also poured out their grief.

โ€” #letstalkaboutitwithlydia (@lydiaforson) October 1, 2020

Health experts have warned about the rising cases of liver and kidney diseases among Ghanaโ€™s youth.



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