Jamaican reggae legend ‘Toots’ Hibbert dies at 77

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Hibbert “passed away peacefully” in Jamaica “surrounded by his family” at the University Hospital of the West Indies on Friday evening, according to the Twitter statement.

While the cause of his death has not been announced, the group said on September 3 that Hibbert had been taken to intensive care and was awaiting the results of a coronavirus test.

“The family and their management team would like to thank the medical teams and professionals for their care and diligence, and ask you to respect their privacy during their time of mourning,” the statement said on Saturday.

He added that Hibbert is survived by his wife of 39 years and seven of his eight children.

Trojan Records, the reggae label that released the Toots And The Maytals albums, was among those who paid tribute to Hibbert on Saturday.

In a statement posted on Twitter, he said: “We are so sad to hear of Toots’ passing. A true pioneer who changed lives and brought so much joy through his music. We have lost a true legend. Your music will live on. forever Fredrick Nathaniel ‘Toots’ Hibbert. ”

The singer’s death comes weeks after the release of the group “Got To Be Tough”, their first album in more than a decade.

Ziggy Marley, the son of reggae star Bob Marley, contributed to the recent Toots and The Maytals album, featured on a cover of his late father’s song “Three Little Birds”.

Paying tribute to Hibbert on social media, Marley tweeted that he considered the musician a “father figure”, before adding that he “would never forget him”.

Marley also said the couple spoke out weeks before Hibbert died.

The hits of Toots and The Maytals include “Pressure Drop”, “Monkey Man” and “Do The Reggay”, the latter of which is said to have given the genre its name.

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