Who Killed Bob Marley? This has been a long argument in question since his death in 1981. In this article, we’ll explore the myths and facts.

In Summary:

• Conspiracy theories & myths around Bob’s cause of death.

• Acknowledgment of the legacy left behind by the legendary Reggae musician.

Bob Marley Perfoming Redemption Song/Photo Courtesy

Robert Nesta Marley, the legendary reggae musician, stands as an icon for peace, love, and rebellion.

Bob Marley strolling through a garden with his guitar in hand/Photo Courtesy

His death in 1981 was felt all over the globe and was met with mixed reactions. Various conspiracy theories have emerged surrounding the circumstances of Bob Marley’s death.

Official Cause of Death.

Bob Marley died on May 11, 1981, at the age of 36. The official cause of death was reportedly acral lentiginous melanoma. This is a type of skin cancer that reportedly began under the nail of his toe.

Bob Marley With his foot bandaged/Photo Courtesy

According to sources close to him, he first discovered a dark spot on his toe in 1977. However, he declined medical advice to have his toe amputated due to religious beliefs and the impact that would have on his on stage performance.

Bob Marley with his toe bandaged/Photo Courtesy

The C.I.A Connection.

Many believe that Marley was targeted by the CIA because of his influence and outspoken stance against oppression and imperialism.

Bob Marley perfoming Redemption Song/Photo Courtesy

The theory suggests that the CIA saw Marley as a threat, particularly in Jamaica and the U.S where he held undeniable influence.

A more specific version of the CIA theory revolves around a gift of boots that Marley received. After trying on one, he felt a stinging sensation and later discovered a small metal piece embedded inside.

Bob Marley playing soccer/Photo Courtesy

Some believe this was an attempt to harm or even kill him, possibly by inducing the cancer. But to date, there’s no proof to back this claim. Is is also biologically questionable whether cancer can be “implanted” in such a manner.

Rivalry and Jealousy.

Another theory argues that musicians or industry insiders, envious of Marley’s success, played a role in his untimely demise.

Bob Marley on stage/Photo Courtesy

However, there’s little evidence to support this claim and the musical community really mourned his loss.

Bob Marley’s Legacy

While the true cause of his death will forever remain arguable to most, on thing is certain. Bob Marley’s music transcended borders, races and classes. He brought attention to the struggles of marginalized communities, and preached love & unity.

Bob Marley Singing/Photo Courtesy

It’s essential to remember him for the change he brought and the lessons his music teaches to this day.

We celebrate Bob Marley’s life, his music, and the eternal mark he left on the world. Rudi Nyumbani.

October 26, 2023

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