Toots Hibbert dies at 77: reggae legend dies with family by his side in Jamaica

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Reggae legend Toots Hibbert has passed away at 77.

The singer’s group The Toots and the Maytals released a statement on Saturday revealing that he had died at the West Indies University Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, surrounded by his family.

Speaking to Twitter, the group wrote: “It is with a heavy heart to announce that Frederick Nathaniel” Toots “Hibbert passed away peacefully this evening surrounded by his family at the West Indian University Hospital in Kingston. , Jamaica. “.

Tragic: Reggae legend Toots Hibbert has died at the age of 77 at West Indian University Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, surrounded by family and friends (pictured in 2019)

The statement added, “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 bereavement.

“Mr. Hibbert is survived by his wife of 39 years, Miss D, and his seven of eight children.

Hibbert’s cause of death is not known, but earlier this month he was placed in intensive care and tested for the coronavirus, although his results are unknown.

Lenny Henry led the celebrity tributes as he wrote with emotion: “Stay in power …”

Sad: The Toots and Maytals singer's group released a statement on Saturday revealing that he had died at the West Indies University Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, surrounded by his family.

Sad: The Toots and Maytals singer’s group released a statement on Saturday revealing that he had died at the West Indies University Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, surrounded by his family.

He added: “Sorry to hear of Toots Hibbert’s death. His music was a constant in our house growing up through the Tighten up albums. His voice was powerful and adaptable to funk, soul, country AND reggae.

Bob Marley’s son Ziggy, 51, also shared an emotional tribute, calling the musician a “father figure.”

He wrote: “The legendary Toots Hibbert came by, I spoke with him a few weeks ago, I told him how much I love him, we laughed and shared our mutual respect.

“He was a father figure to me, his spirit is with us, his music fills us with his energy, I will never forget him RIP MIGHTY & POWERFUL NYAH FYAH BALL.

Unknown: Hibbert's cause of death is not known but earlier this month he was placed in intensive care and tested for the coronavirus, although his results are unknown (pictured in 2019)

Unknown: Hibbert’s cause of death is not known but earlier this month he was placed in intensive care and tested for the coronavirus, although his results are unknown (pictured in 2019)

Earlier this month, the musician’s family released a statement about his condition, telling fans he was “showing signs of improvement by the hour.”

They wrote on August 31: “While reports that Mr. Hibbert is in an intensive care unit at a private facility in the corporate sector are true, the family would like to assure those affected that he is making positive progress and receiving the best possible treatment. , pending the results of his Covid-19 test.

‘He is resting and in a good mood, and is showing signs of improvement every hour.

His family have asked everyone to hold him in their prayers and would like to thank Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange and Health Minister Christopher Tufton for their help in resting Mr Hibbert, as well as the countless healthcare professionals who care for Mr. Hibbert around the clock during this time.

Tributes: Ziggy, son of Lenny Henry and Bob Marley, led the celebrity tributes

Tributes: Ziggy, son of Lenny Henry and Bob Marley, led the celebrity tributes

In a separate statement released on September 3, the family wrote: “Mr. Hibbert’s family would like to to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and prayers during this time.

“Health professionals at UHWI – where Mr. Hibbert is being cared for – confirmed that he was in stable condition and was receiving 24-hour treatment so his body could recover.

“The Hibbert family ask everyone to continue to hold them in their thoughts and prayers and to respectfully request privacy during this time. “

It comes just days after The Toots and Maytals released their first full length album and new album Got to Be Tough in ten years.

It included contributions from musicians like Ringo Starr and Ziggy Marley of The Beatles.

Hibbert met Henry “Raleigh” Gordon and Nathaniel “Jerry” in 1962 after moving to Kingston. The trio formed the group Toots and the Maytals.

They had several hits with the 1968 song, Do the Reggay, credited with helping bring world attention to reggae.

While the 1969 track Pressure Drop helped launch their careers around the world after being used in the 1972 film The Harder They Come.

Caption: They had several hits with the 1968 song, Do the Reggay, credited with helping bring the world's attention to reggae (pictured 1974)

Caption: They had several hits with the 1968 song, Do the Reggay, credited with helping bring world attention to reggae (pictured 1974)

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