By Claret Adhiambo
Reggae legend Bunny Wailer officially known as Neville Livingston is dead, aged 73.
The founding member of the Wailers which included Bob Marley and Peter Tosh died at the Medical Associates in Kingston today morning.
“Yes. He died about 8:00 this morning. I’m still right here with him,” his manager told a Jamaican publication, The Observer.
Bunny Wailer had been in and out of hospital since his second stroke in July 2020.
Bunny Wailer’s albums include Blackheart Man, released in 1976, and Rock ‘n’ Groove which came out five years later. His hit songs include Cool Runnings, Ballroom Floor, Crucial, and Bald Head Jesus.
In 2017, the Jamaican Government awarded Bunny Wailer an Order of Merit, the country’s fourth highest honour. The Government again recognised his contribution to Jamaican music in February 2019 with a Reggae Gold Award.
Bunny Wailer was the last of the Wailers group after Bob Marley died of cancer in May 111981. Peter Tosh on the other hand was killed in his home in September 11, 1987.