There is nothing to smile about as of now. Just two days after the conclusion of the Reggae Month (February), the Reggae fraternity, family, friends and fans are mourning the death of legendary singer Bunny Wailer who passed on aged 73 on Tuesday at about 8 AM (Jamaica time)
According to his manager, Bunny, real name Neville O’Riley Livingston who was one of the pioneers of this genre with roots in Jamaica, breathed his last at Medical Associates Hospital in Kingston, the country’s capital.
Going by the media reports, from the time he reportedly was hit by a second stroke in 2020, the Bob Marley and The Wailers band cofounder and member has been in and out of hospital fighting for his life although information about the cause of death is still scanty.
With all the great works he contributed to the Reggae music industry, Bunny joins his fellows Bob Marley (died 11th May 1981) and Peter Tosh (died 11th September) in Zion.
The three are the original founding members of the famous Bob Marley and The Wailers band in 1963 and they released classic songs on albums like “Wailing Wailers”, “Soul Rebels”, “Catch A Fire” among others. This was before Bunny and Peter left the band in 1974 because of failure to play in freak clubs.
Tributes are still pouring in for the musician on social, with fans and fellow musicians describing him as a legend and one of the pillars of Reggae
Bob Marley’s first son Ziggy Marley said in a statement, “Bunny Jah B Wailer’s body has left us but he knows just as we know that his legacy, music and spirit will never die. His contribution to our music not only as a member of the Wailers but as a solo artist has been been an enormous influence for me personally and to many more around the world. Pass It On.”
Bunny who is a three time best Reggae Album Grammy award winner is survived by his wife Jean Watt, who has been missing since 2020 and 10 children including Asadenaki who is a Reggae singer as well.