One of reggae’s most important voices, Bunny Wailer, has died at the age of 73. The musician, from Kingston, Jamaica, was a founding member of ‘The Wailers’ alongside his childhood friend, Bob Marley. Resources gathered by TOS revealed that they achieved international fame with reggae classics like Simmer Down and stired it up before Wailer left to go solo in 1974.
He went on to win three Grammys and was given Jamaica’s Order of Merit in 2017.
His death was confirmed by manager Maxine Stowe, and Jamaica’s Culture Minister, Olivia Grange. The cause of death is unknown; but he had been in hospital since he had a stroke in July 2020.
Fans and fellow musicians have since been pouring tributes on the departed music icon.
“This is one of the lowest moments in the history of our culture.You have made us proud king. Rest well.” dancehall artist Shaggy wrote on Facebook