Groundbreaking reggae musician Bunny Wailer has died at the age of 73, according to a statement from Jamaican government officials issued on Tuesday. Wailer, born Neville Livingston, was a founding member of the pioneering reggae group the Wailers, along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.
Jamaican Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport Olivia Grange said that Wailer died at Medical Associates Hospital in Kingston after being hospitalized since December. No cause of death was given in the statement that Grange said was made at the request of Wailer’s family. Wailer suffered a stroke in July 2020 and had spent much of the time since then in the hospital.
“We mourn the passing of this outstanding singer, songwriter, and percussionist and celebrate his life and many accomplishments,” Grange said. “We remain grateful for the role that Bunny Wailer played in the development and popularity of Reggae music across the world.”
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Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness also issued a statement honoring the native-born star of reggae music who traveled the world sharing the music of his Caribbean island home.
“Bunny Wailer has made a tremendous impact on the world, setting the stage for a global