Former President John Dramani Mahama has expressed deep sorrow over the tragic death of James Lutterodt, a former student of Keta Senior High School (KETASCO).

The former president fondly recalled James’ remarkable performance alongside his colleagues during the National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) in 2021, where they left an indelible mark despite not clinching the ultimate prize.

In a heartfelt message on his Facebook page, the former president extended his deepest condolences to James’ parents, family, friends, and schoolmates, acknowledging the profound grief that accompanies the loss of such a promising young individual.

He assured them they were not alone, and the entire nation shared their pain.

Reflecting on James’ achievements and the joy he brought to viewers during the NSMQ, the former president emphasized the lasting impact his talent, dedication, and camaraderie with his teammates had on the nation.

He acknowledged the pride that Keta SHS and its community felt in having such exceptional students represent their school on a national platform.

James Lutterodt, a vibrant 19-year-old, had a bright future ahead, with plans to pursue further studies in the United States.

However, his dreams were cut short. James died on Monday, July 3, 2023, according to his father, Philip Dogbeda Lutterodt.

The distraught father said he passed away after a brief illness at a private hospital in Tema.

Recounting the events leading to his son’s death, Mr Lutterodt said James’ health woes started in April 2023, when he returned home from school.

“As a father, it hasn’t been easy. I noticed something was wrong with him when he came on vacation in April. I promptly started attending to his health concerns, and we conducted numerous tests to determine the cause of his illness until he passed away yesterday morning,” the grieving father narrated.

Mr Lutterodt, however, refuted claims that James, in his last minutes, vomited blood as speculated in some videos making rounds on social media.

He added that James had shared information about certain incidents at the University of Ghana, where he was schooling, but he can not disclose them to the public yet.