Down Sound Records chief executive officer Josef Bogdanovich has dismissed claims that he and Dancehall artiste Ishawna were having an affair, and that they were having a clandestine moment only hours after his common-law wife’s death in New York.
“I’d like to clarify that the picture with Ishawna and myself circulating virally and quoted as the two of us being in some club in lis over the weekend partying on the sly is utter nonsense. The truth is Down Sound was booked by a promoter to bring ‘The Blitz’ to Fort Lauderdale from as early as February this year,” he said.
“I want you to know that I support my artistes fully both onstage and off and whatever folks want to say about me and Down Sound, I welcome it with joy. I’m only asking that they have some respect and leave my dead wife’s name out of it because it is disgusting and vile,” he said.
At the time of her death, the doctors had already located two kidney donors for Toya. She has been severely sick for two years fighting the disease.
“Arrangements were being made for a transplant but first we had to get her strong enough to have the operation,” he said.
He launched a broadside against the state of the medical sector as it relates to the quality of dialysis.
“I’ve been to several dialysis centres with Toya and I have seen often that all the beds are full. These patients have a community and they come there several days a week every week, if they can afford it, and they develop a bond of hope pulling for one another and then as it happens, one dies. Then another one. This dialysis epidemic is truly frightening,” he said.
“The doctors and nurses are not equipped to administer dialysis properly. Do they run these dialysis centres more like a business knowing that there was only hope for recovery and with little medical probability for a solution? I used to think it was due to the lack of funds and certainly this is a possibility. But to place a tube in my wife’s neck that has only 50 per cent capacity for dialysis treatment is unacceptable. If this was done in an American or European hospital, the place would be sued for malpractice and shut down,” he said.
Toya died Thursday, May 7th from a heart attack in New York. She died from diabetes.
Bogdanovich revealed that she had been severely sick for two years fighting this wicked disease seeking help in hospitals from Kingston, Los Angeles, Miami and Brooklyn.
“She was being treated with dialysis for over a year in Kingston at the Diabetic Association.She was being treated at the University of the West Indies in Mona. After a year of treatment, she did not get better. She got worse,” he explained.
“I then contacted an American doctor who was visiting Jamaica. He told us in no uncertain terms that the dialysis treatment she was getting her in Jamaica was not being administered correctly and it is just a matter of time before she would die. He said: “get her to New York as soon as you can”.
Diabetes is wicked. It attacks your kidney, attacks your eyes and many go blind. It attacks your toes and amputation does happen. And finally it attacks your heart. And you die.”