Gospel musician dies while on a flight to US after coming to Ghana for funeral


US-based Ghanaian gospel artist, Daniel Toffey Jr, has died on board United Airlines 997 flight that departed from Accra for Washington DC on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

Daniel Toffey Jr, who has roots from the Jomoro area in the Western Region of Ghana but resides in the United States of America (USA) had come to Ghana with his father and mother to attend the funeral of an in-law.

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Daniel Toffey junior : Gospel musician dies mid-flight from Accra to US after coming to Ghana for funeral

The report added that the deceased’s mother stayed behind while Toffey Jnr and his father headed back to the States.

It was on the journey back that he, unfortunately, passed on mid-air. “He kept saying ‘Daddy I can’t breathe, Daddy I can’t breathe,’” the senior Toffey narrated to DNT in an interview.


According to the report, the suspected cause of death is a case of pulmonary embolism.

[A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a blood clot that develops in a blood vessel in the body (often in the leg). It then travels to a lung artery where it suddenly blocks blood flow].

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As a result of the tragic incident, the flight was diverted to Bermuda where all 178 passengers were lodged at Grotto Bay Resort before they continued their journey to Washington.

Toffey Junior, the report added, worships with Pentecost International Worship Center, PIWC, in Columbus North and was a gospel musician.

He was scheduled to launch his album on June 4 in Columbus with Joe Mettle as a guest artiste.

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