Veteran Ghanaian actor Psalm Adjeteyfio has died.
The actor died on the morning of Friday, April 8, 2022, according to his family.
They said his son discovered him unconscious in his room. He was sent to the hospital for emergency treatment after attempts to resuscitate him failed. On arrival, however, he was pronounced dead.
The actor’s body has subsequently been sent to a mortuary. T.T, also known as Psalm Adjeteyfio, died at the age of 74.
In previous interviews, the actor revealed that he had been diagnosed with a cardiac problem and kidney failure. In 2018, a fundraiser was held to raise funds for his heart enlargement procedure.
In 2021, he launched a public appeal for 3,000 dollars to help him pay his rent or risk being evicted. TT, as he is known, claimed that after years of acting, he had nothing to show for it and now relies on the kindness of others to get by.
He said he had spent GH6,000 on hospital expenses and medication, and that, owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, he had received less help from relatives and friends.
The actor revealed that he had turned into a charity case and would be evicted shortly if help was not found. Following his appeal, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Chief of Staff Frema Osei Opare, and other notables rallied to his side.
Henry Quartey, Greater Accra Regional Minister, has also pledged a monthly stipend of $1,500 from his parliamentary salary to safeguard his well-being. ‘T. T.’ returned a few months later with a new request.
He claims that the money he received from these gifts was invested, which is why he is in this situation. He went on to say that after the Vice President’s gesture was announced, all other possible donors pulled away.
A post made by Krobea Kwabena Asante on Facebook revealed that the spokesperson of the Vice President, Dr Gideon Boako, paid a visit to the presenter who interviewed Mr Adjeteyfio to donate GH¢50,000 to the actor. This was followed by a donation of GH¢40,000 from the Chief of Staff.
For me, I believe Psalm Adjeteyfio died because he was not able to deal with the harsh conditions that the lack of money placed him in.
I have maintained that poverty is the killer of man.
And due to the lack of options and mid-life crisis that hit our celebrated folks, they succumb to the extremities of hardship and pass away with pain in their hearts.
Ghana has failed most of its creatives, who put smiles on the faces of a growing population that had to rely on them as their primary source of entertainment.
Most of these people have died with nothing to show for their long years of toil and sweat.
An argument could be made for the fact that they might have failed to make the right choices as far as their lifestyles were concerned.
But this begs the question: What did the state do to support these folks when they got old, frail, and unable to fend for themselves? Neglect and ill-health are just subsets of the effects of poverty.
When you have money, you are able to buy choices, and these choices bring you happiness, which ultimately increases your longevity on Earth.
Death is inevitable in many instances, but when we fail to empower people, we desperately leave them to face Psalm Adjeteyfio’s fate; a fight with poverty that when they fail to overcome, cripples their lives, leaves them bedridden and sucks the fragile life out of them.