Reggae music pioneer Bunny Wailer has died aged 73

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Wailer had been in hospital since December and died at Medical Associates Hospital in Kingston, Olivia Grange said in a statement Tuesday. No cause of death was given. Grange said the statement was made at the request of Wailer’s family.

“We mourn the passing of this exceptional singer, songwriter and percussionist and celebrate his life and many accomplishments,” the statement read. “We remain grateful for the role Bunny Wailer has played in the development and popularity of Reggae music around the world.”

Prime Minister Andrew Holness also greeted the legendary musician.

Bunny Wailer has had a huge impact on the world, paving the way for a worldwide movement of love for rocksteady and reggae music. Her legendary performances have touched the hearts and souls of millions of fans in Jamaica and across the world. world, “said the Prime Minister. said in a statement.

Wailer, real name Neville Livingston, was a founding member of the Wailers, the statement said. The Wailers included the legendary Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley and Peter Tosh.

Marley died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36 while Tosh was killed by gunmen in 1987 at the age of 42.

Wailer won three Grammy Awards – two for Best Reggae Album and one for Best Reggae Recording for “Time Will Tell – A Tribute To Bob Marley,” according to the Grammys website.

The Jamaican government awarded Wailer the Order of Jamaica in 2012 and then in 2017 the Order of Merit, “the highest honor in the country,” according to the Prime Minister’s statement.

“Prime Minister Holness offered his sincere condolences to the Livingston family, friends, fellow musicians and many supporters around the world,” the statement said.


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