Bunny Wailer: Jamaican Reggae Music Legend Passes Away at 73

Bunny Wailer: Jamaican Reggae Music Legend Passes Away at 73

- Jamaican music legend Bunny Wailer was born in 1947 in the village of Nine Mile in St Ann Parish, where he spent most of his childhood

- The three-time Grammy award winner, the only remaining member of The Wailers after the death of Marley and Peter Tosh, has passed away

- Some of his mega hits included Boderation, Blackheart Man, Protest and Time Will Tell, among many others

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The only surviving founding member of the reggae band The Wailers, Bunny Wailer, has breathed his last.

The celebrated reggae legend was pronounced dead on the morning of Tuesday, March 2, according reports from the Caribbean island.

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Bunny Wailer performing. Photo: Getty Images.
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The Jamaican Observer, which broke the news of Wailer's demise, confirmed the Boderation hitmaker died while receiving treatment at the Medical Associates Hospital in Kingston.

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He died aged 73.

"Yes. He died about 8am this morning. I'm still right here with him," his manager Maxine Stowe said.

Born as Neville O'Riley Livingston in 1947 before adopting the famous moniker, Wailer spent most of his childhood days in the village of Nine Mile in St Ann Parish.

It was at Nine Mile where he met the late reggae musician Bob Marley and the two developed a friendship that spanned over two decades. Bob died in May 1981.

The three-time Grammy award winner was the only remaining member of The Wailers after the death of Marley and another member Peter Tosh, who was killed in 1987 during a home invasion.

Some of his mega hits included Boderation, Blackheart Man, Protest and Time Will Tell, among many others. In 2017, the Jamaican government awarded him the country's fourth highest presidential honour.

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He was again feted with a reggae gold award by the same government in 2019.

In other entertainment news, Briefly.co.za reported that Method Man celebrated his 50th birthday on Tuesday, 2 March. The US rapper, real name Clifford Smith Jr, was born in Hempstead, New York in 1971.

Method Man is popular across the globe for being a member of hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan and one half of the hip-hop duo Method Man & Redman.

XXL magazine took to Twitter on his birthday to wish the actor a happy birthday. The publication shared two snaps of the musician and captioned it:

"Happy birthday, @methodman! What’s his best song of all time?"

Method Man's fans took to the magazine's comment section to share their favourite songs from the artist and to also wish him a fabulous day.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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