Reggae legend, Bunny Wailer dies, aged 73

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Late Bunny Wailer

Finally, it is ‘nunc dimitis’ for reggae legend and the only surviving member of the founding trio of the Wailers band, Neville O’Riley Livingston, best known to the music world as Bunny Wailer.

Bunny Wailer died in a Kingston hospital this morning, March 2, 2021, aged 73. Although the cause of death is not immediately known, Bunny had been in and out of hospital since he suffered a major stroke in July, 2020. His wife of many years had also gone missing.

The late Bob Marley.

Bunny was a childhood friend of Bob Marley’s. Together with Peter Tosh, they formed the Wailers and went on to become the best-known reggae act, worldwide.

Bunny, as a solo act, was a winner of three Grammys and was given Jamaica’s highest honour, the Order of Merit, in 2017.

His death was confirmed by his manager, Maxine Stowe and by Jamaica’s Culture Minister, Olivia Grange.

Many tributes to the late legend have been pouring in from all around the world. In his own tribute, Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holmes, described Bunny’s death as “a great loss for Jamaica and for reggae’.

The original Wailers lineup (left to right): Bunny, Bob, Peter.

Photo credits: buzzcaribbean.com; Getty Images.

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