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Bunny Wailer: Reggae legend who found fame with Bob Marley dies, aged 73

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One of reggae’s most important voices, Bunny Wailer, has died at the age of 73.

In October 2018, Wailer suffered a minor stroke, resulting in speech problems. After suffering another stroke in July 2020, he was hospitalized at Andrews Memorial Hospital in Saint Andrew Parish, where he eventually died on 2 March 2021 at the age of 73, of complications from the stroke he suffered the previous year.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunny_Wailer

The musician, from Kingston, Jamaica, was a founding member of The Wailers alongside his childhood friend, Bob Marley. Together, they achieved international fame with reggae classics like Simmer Down and Stir It Up, before Wailer left to go solo in 1974. He went on to win three Grammys and was given Jamaica’s Order Of Merit in 2017.

His death was confirmed by manager Maxine Stowe, and Jamaica’s Culture Minister, Olivia Grange.

 

The cause of death is unknown, but he had been in hospital since having a stroke in July 2020.

Tributes have already poured in for the musician, with fans and fellow musicians describing him as a legend.

“This is one of the lowest moment in the history of our culture,” wrote dancehall artist Shaggy on Facebook.

“You have made us proud king. Rest well.”

“Oh man, god bless Bunny Wailer,” wrote Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea. “What a true rocker and noble man. I love him.”

 

Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness, also paid tribute, calling his death “a great loss for Jamaica and for reggae”.

 

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