After the news about his sad demise went viral earlier today, there have been a lot of media reports about what killed him at age 73 at the Korle Bu teaching hospital.
While many of the reports from almost all the big media houses in Ghana have alleged that Ghana’s first president in the fourth republic, Jerry John Rawlings died of the dreaded COVID-19, his family have finally come out with an official statement and stated what killed him.
In an official release from his family and signed by his daughter, Zenator Rawlings, who is currently the MP for Klottey Korle Constituency, the family state that Papa J died after being ill for a very short while.
The statement adds that they want the general public and well-wishers to respect their privacy during this difficult moment and promised that details of funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.
The full statement reads:
November 12, 2020
PRESIDENT RAWLINGS PASSES AWAYI
t is with deep sadness that the family of His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings (Rtd), informs the general public that the former President of the Republic, passed away on Thursday morning after a short illness.
The family requests privacy at this difficult moment.
Details of funeral arrangements will be announced in due course
It should be noted that they made no mention of the coronavirus, which might mean that the earlier reports are false.