The voice behind the OECS News Link Raymond O’Keiffe has died at the age of 49.
The well-known Antigua-born media practitioner, died in Martinique last night after undergoing treatment there.
At the time of his hospitalization, O’Keiffe worked as the Communications Officer for the OECS commission.
OECS Director General Dr Didacus Jules, says O’Keiffe was put in an induced coma to control his blood pressure.
Dr Jules say he ultimately died from complications involving kidney failure and haemorrhaging in the brain.
“The OECS commission expresses its grief and deepest condolences to the family of Raymond O’Keiffe; his wife, his kids, his mom and the rest of his family Raymond worked at the commission for over 20 years in the field of communication and is well known to the OECS public as the producer of the OECS News Link … He was known to be very friendly .. and he will be greatly missed. We pray for his family at this time.”
As part of the region media fraternity, Raymond O’Keiffe produced the OECS News Link, a programme which connected the people of the region.
In a statement issued the OECS Director-General stated
“The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States mourns the passing today, of Raymond O’Keiffe in Martinique, after a short battle with illness.
The OECS has lost a colleague, a mentor and a friend to many. Ray’s passion for broadcasting and communication brought news and light from across the region and indeed the world to many over a long period of time. He gave a voice to the voiceless.
Indeed, Ray was a beloved and close member of the broader media family and he not only leaves a lasting legacy but his indelible mark in ways far beyond his work at the OECS Commission. As a devoted husband, father and musician, his musical talent could be heard in many a Sunday Mass. Ray was also a gifted songwriter having written the official OECS Song.
We give profound gratitude for Ray’s life comforted in the knowledge that he rests in eternal peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children and extended family at this time.