Toots Hibbert might not be so familiar to many people but Toots and The Maytals, a famous Ska, Rock Steady and Reggae band from Jamaica might be.
On Friday the 11th of September, Toots, 77 who has been the band’s lead singer and co-founder since 1962 breathed his last after he, like two weeks ago was taken to the intensive care unit of University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica with Covid19-like symptoms.
His death whose cause was not revealed, came as he still awaited his results and was confirmed and announced on the band’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel ‘Toots’ Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica,” Read the statement.
Up to now, Jamaica, the Rastafari movement and Reggae lovers in general are mourning the death of this legendary Reggae singer who is believed to have written and sung the first ever popular song to use the word “Reggay”, now Reggae and defined the developing genre by giving it the name thus.
Just some days after he was taken to ICU, it was reported that Toots was in a stable condition and this came like some hope that the ‘Got To Be Tough’ singer was win the battle but that didn’t happen. He flew to Xion
Hibbert whom we unfortunately shall be talking about in past tense is survived by his wife Miss D and his seven children
Singer Ziggy Marley first son of Bob Marley tweeted, “The Legendary Toots Hibbert has passed i spoke w/him a few wks ago told him how much i loved him we laughed & shared our mutual respect. He was a father figure to me his spirit is w/us his music fills us w/his energy i will never forget him RIP MIGHTY & POWERFUL NYAH FYAH BALL”