Bunny Wailer dies at age 73

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(Image via Bunny Wailer on Facebook)

Legendary reggae singer Bunny Wailer has died at the age of 73.

According to a report in the Jamaica Observer, he had been in and out of hospital since his second stroke in July 2020.

Hailing from Trench Town, Bunny Wailer (real name Neville Livingston) was a founding member of The Wailers, which included Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.

Together, they achieved international fame with classics like “Simmer Down” and “Stir It Up”.

He left to go solo in 1974, and produced his own hits such as “Cool Runnings”, “Ballroom Floor”, “Crucial”, and “Bald Head Jesus”.

In 2017, the Jamaican Government awarded Bunny Wailer the country’s fourth highest honour: an Order of Merit,.

His contribution to Jamaican music was also recognized in February 2019 with a Reggae Gold Award.