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Reggae artist Bunny Wailer dies at age of 73

By Mireri Junior | March 2nd 2021

Reggae artist Bunny Wailer, an original member of Bob Marley and the Wailers, is dead.

The 73-year old died at the Andrews Memorial Hospital in the Jamaican parish of St. Andrew, his manager, Maxine Stowe, told local media outlets.

His cause of death was not immediately clear, but reports in the local media indicated he was in and out of the hospital after a stroke nearly a year ago.

Wailer, a baritone singer whose birth name is Neville O'Riley Livingston, suffered his second stroke in July 2020 and has been in and out of the hospital since.

The Wailers were founded by Marley, Wailer and Peter Tosh in 1963.

Wailer was the last surviving founding member after Marley and Tosh died in 1981 and 1987, respectively.

The three-time Grammy winner was the only surviving member of Bob Marley and the Wailers which included, Bob, Bunny and Peter Tosh.

The Wailers and other Rasta musicians also popularised Rastafarian culture among better-off Jamaicans starting in the 1970s.

Wailer’s death has been mourned worldwide as people shared pictures, music and memories of the renowned artist.

Some of Bunny Wailer’s famous songs include Blackheart Man, Protest, Time Will Tell, Crucial! Roots Classics, Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley’s 50th Anniversary, Rock and Groove, Liberation, Retrospective, Roots Radics Rockers Reggae, Communication and Rule This Land.

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