This Page is dedicated to the Singers, Musicians and the people who have made their own contribution to Jamaican Music whether home or abroad. We celebrate their works and we are joyful in their legacy, I do not want to dwell on the sadness of their passing.
Over the years I have tried to keep a log of all the Passings in the Reggae World, it has been difficult at times as I sometimes receive information that is more rumour than fact. I have only included information that I have been able to verify.
Any Corrections or extra information gratefully received.
Thank you to all the people for the help. One Love.
Last Updated: August 2014.
Died In Auto Crash early 1990’s
Alton Ellis O.D (Mr Rock Steady)
b. 1st September 1938 in Kingston d. in London October 11th 2008 Lymph gland cancer
Found shot to death in his car in New York, more information requested.
b. Trenchtown Jamaica Lead singer & songwriter in Knowledge group. Died in London 26th February 2011.
Arkland “Drumbago” Parks
Died 1970? Natural Causes ?
Arthur “Duke” Reid (The Trojan)
b.c.1915 - Died Of Cancer 1975
Died in 1990
Augustus Pablo (Horace Swaby)
b. St. Andrew 1953 - Died May 18th 1999 Myasthenia Gravis
Baba (Oswald F) Brooks
Baby Wayne (Wayne Parkinson)
b. 1968 - Died of complications Pneumonia 1st November 2005
b. 1962 - Died 29th May 2004 in Sons Dove Studios Kingston Jamaica
Owner of Freedom Sounds Records- Died Sept 8th 2008
b.c.1970 Kingston - Died of a Brain Tumour in 2000.
Bim Sherman (Jarrett Tomlinson)
b. 1950 or 1952 - Died November 17th 2000 of Cancer
Bingy Bunny (Eric Lamont)
b.23 September 1955 Kingston - Died of Prostate Cancer December 31st 1993
Stabbed In Kingston died January 17th 1997
Black Rat (David Bingham)
Shot dead at his home Kingston July 20th 2002.
Philip “Boasy” James b. 12/31/41 Died In New York 1989
One half of the Bluesbusters duo.
Lloyd “Lloydie” Osbourne Campbell
b.3/9/41 - Died In New York January 1992 .Other half of The Bluesbusters duo
Bob (Robert Nesta) Marley
b.Feb 6th 1945 St. Anne’s - Died In Miami May 11th 1981 of Cancer
Solo Singer & longtime member of the Melodians b.Westmoreland 1949 - Died at home in St. Andrew Jamaica 29th January 2006 of heart attack.
Byron Lee O.J.
Byron Aloysius St. Elmo Lee B 27/6/ 1935 Christiana, Manchester, Jamaica, Died after two-year battle transitional cell cancer,passing away at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Jamaica at the age of 73. 4/11/ 2008
b. 1957 - Died Jamaica December 23rd 2001 of a Stroke
Carlton (Carly) Barrett
b. 1950 - Shot by his ex. Wife’s boyfriend in Jamaica April 1987
Cedella Marley-Booker (posthumous O.D) a.k.a Mother Booker
Born Nine Miles Jamaica. died April 8, 2008 at her South Miami, Florida home. She was 81 years old.
Cedric IM Brooks
Saxophonist. Born Denham Town, Died May 3rd 2013
Gunned down in Kingston Early 1980’s
b. 1931 Kingston Jamaica - Died of Cancer in Palm Bay, Florida January 1st 2007
Cherry 'Smith' Green, member of the original Wailers died September 4th 2008 aged 65 heart attack in Miami Florida
Chris Stanley Owner of Music Mountain - 1st Grammy Award Winning Studio in Jamaica. Died of cancer Oct 23, 1999.
b. Eccleston Eccles 9th December 1940 - Died 30th June 2005 following a stroke
b.15 February 1915 died 24 December 1964 born Port of Spain, Trinidad. community leader, Journalist & Feminist, Political Activist, Communist.the mother of Notting Hill CARNIVAL
Clement (Sir Coxsone Dodd) Seymour Dodd (Downbeat The Ruler)
b. Kingston Jamaica January 27th 1932 - Died May 4th 2004 in Kingston Jamaica of a Heart Attack.
b.1944 Jamaica (Radio DJ on WLRNS Florida 6 nights a week since 1979 - Died of Cancer Oct. 10th 2004 Florida USA
Clinton “Tennessee” Brown
Died March 17th 1999 of Heart Trouble
Murdered in his home in Kingston 31st January 2008.
Colin "Fencebeater" Moore
Reggae music lost a very good friend
Died 28th April 2009 of a Heart Attack
Count (Winston Cooper) Machouki
b. 1939 Kingston - Died 1995
Count (Oswald Williams) Ossie
b.1926 St. Thomas JA - Died in Auto Accident? October 18th 1976
Cynthia Schloss Blake
Died Of Heart Complications February 25th 1999
David Isaacs ( Bruce Bennett)
Solo singer & member of the Itals Born Denham Town, Kingston. Died of a heart attack during the night in Kingston.
December 23rd 2009 aged 63.
b.1965 - Died January 25th 1994 Brain Haemorrhage while suffering from Lymph Gland Cancer
b. 1948 Kingston - Died March 6th 1995 succumbed to Cirrhosis of the Liver
Dennis Emmanuel Brown (Boy Wonder)
b. 1st February 1957 Kingston - Died Of Respiratory Failure, University Hospital, Kingston July 1st 1999.
Dennis Harris (Owner of DIP Records UK)
Died 1990’s Heart Attack in UK
Denzil (Keith) “Pops” Laing
Died August 4th 1989
Desmond Dekker (Desmond Adolphus Dacres)
b.17 July 1941, Kingston, Jamaica. - Died at home in London, England of Heart problems early hours 25th May 2006
Devon “Soul ” Russell
b. 1940 Kingston - Died Of Cancer June 1997
Dhaima (Sandra Matthews)
b.April 1949 U.S. - Died May 9th 2000 Accidental Drowning in the U.S.
Dickie Jobson (Richard 'Dickie' Jobson)
Filmmaker b. St. Ann best known for "Countryman" 1982 , d.Christmas morning at the University Hospital age 67. Never recovered from a second stroke he had recently suffered.
Dirtsman (Patrick Thompson)
b. 1967 Spanish town - Robbed & Murdered December 21st 1993 Spanish town JA
D.J. Village (Horace Pinnock)
b.1977 JA - Shot dead in London after a Robbery November 20th 2001
b. 1943 Kingston - Died while in Bellevue Hospital, Kingston May 6th 1969(Under Suspicious Circumstances)
Died November 1st 1999 in Miami, Florida following Heart Problems
Earl Belcher (founder Jah Love Muzik Sound System)
Died Of A Stroke in June 11th 1999
Early (Earlando Neil) B “The Doctor”
Shot Accidentally at the Windsor Cricket Club, Dorchester MA. September 11th 1994
Died May 1998
"Eggie" Egbert Evans,Saxophonist died aged 56, at the University Hospital of the West Indies on July 2 2009.
Emile Shallet (owner of Bluebeat Records UK)
Died of Natural Causes 1982
Murdered In Kingston Late 1982
Errol Thompson (J.B.C. DJ)
b.1952 Kingston - Killed In Kingston 1983
Errol Thompson aka E.T / Errol T (Engineer)
· Errol "ET" Thompson, recording engineer, b.December 29 1948; died Saturday November 14 2004, due to strokes & a heart attack.
Everton Da Silva
Shot Dead In New York 1979
Fathead (Vernon Rainford)
Killed in Florida 1987.
Musician, Producer & engineer member of Rockers all stars
b.1947 St. Catherine - Died October 1986 Of A Heart Attack
Free I (Jeff Dixon)
b.1946 Manchester JA. - Murdered at Peter Tosh’s Home September 11th 1987
Fuzzy (Alty Salmon)Jones
Garnett Silk (Smith) a.k.a. “Bimbo”
b.1970 Manchester JA - Died In A Fire Trying to rescue his Mother from his burning house in Mandeville, Jamaica December 10th 1994
b. 1950 Kingston - Died November 1995 of Kidney Failure
Gene (Winston Lara) Rondo
b.1943 - Died of cancer related problems in London June 12th 1994
General (Errol Robinson) Echo
Killed by Police in Jamaica November 22nd 1980 along with 2 members of his Echo Tone Hi Fi Sound System Flux & Big John
George “Peckings” Price (Owner of the renowned Studio One Shop In London)
Died Heart Problems London 1994
George Faith Died April 2003
Gerald “Bogle” Levy (Dancer)
Shot on Constant Spring Road, St. Andrew 20th January 2005
Died in U.K. 1990’s
Gregory "Cool Ruler" Isaacs
b.15th July 1951 in Fletchers Land, Denham Town, Jamaica. died 25th October 2010 in South London A long battle with Lung Cancer.
Gregory (Gregory Williamson) Peck
Gurney Man (Thomas Heath)
Died May 2001
Hammermouth (Killermanjaro Sound)
murdered more information requested
Harry J (Johnson)
Legendary Producer. Died April 3rd 2013 Westmorland,Aged 67. Complications from Diabetes.
Joe Gibbs (Joel Augustus Gibson)(Posthumous OD)
Ib.1943 Montego Bay - Died in University Hospital Kingston 21st February 2008 suffered a heart attack.
Jim Kelly DJ with Killermanjaro
Killed in 1983 on Spanish Town Road
Jnr Murvin (Smith)
Died December 2nd 2013
Henry “Junjo” Lawes
b. 195? - Gunned down in Harlesdon, North London June 13th 1999
b.April 18th 1941 Trenchtown JA - Died in her sleep in Kingston Hospital of Respiratory Failure October 18th 2000
Hugh Mundell a.k.a. Jah Levi
b. 1962 Kingston, JA - Killed In Kingston following a Robbery at his home 1983
I. Roy (Roy Reid)
b.1944 JA - Died from Heart Problems in Kingston November 30th 1999
IP of Sir Coxson Outernational UK Sound
Murdered 1999? Information requested
Jackie “Wilfred” Edwards
b.1938 - Died from Heart Problems August 1992
Jackie (Samuel Hamilton) Knockshot
b.1948 -Died Of Cancer December 1990 Toronto, Canada
Jackie (Dalton Sinclair-Bishop) Opel
b. Barbados 1940’s - Died In A Car Crash Bay St, Barbados late 1960’s
Jack (Lawrence Lindo) Ruby
b.1940’s - Died from Heart Problems due to Cocaine Addiction Spring 1989
b. 1955 - Died In Auto Crash Kingston Jamaica March 23rd 1980
Jah Bull (DJ) Woolton Harrison
b. 1950 Jamaica - died 8th May 2005 in Jamaica
Jah (Pat Francis) Lloyd a.k.a. Jah Lion
b. 1950 Kingston - Died in Kingston JA June 2nd 1999
Jah “Ska” Jerry ,Jerome Hines
b. 11th August 1921 Original Guitarist & one of the founding members of the ‘Skatalites’ - Died in Hospital Jamaica, 13th August 2007.
Jah Globe (Saxophonist)
Died December 2003, London U.K.
Jean Adebambo A lovers Rock Queen
Died January 15th 2009
Died of a stroke in Kingston Public Hospital June 11th 2005
J.J. (Carl) “Sir JJ” Johnson
Shot dead in his Record Store, Kingston c.1972
born in 1928 died of Cancer in 1973 jazz saxophone player
b.1940 Kingston - Died of Cancer Los Angeles, CA December 18th 1999
Johnny "Dizzy" Moore
John Arlington Moore born Kingston on October 5, 1938 died of colon cancer 16th August 2008
Johnny Ringo Bradley Miller.
Died July 2005 ,complications from pnuemonia
Joseph ‘Culture’ Hill
b. Linstead, Jamaica January 22nd 1949 - Died suddenly of Liver Problem 19th August 2006
Judge (Alex Hughes) Dread
b. 1940’s Snodland, Kent England - Died Of A Heart Attack While Appearing On Stage In Kent, England 1998
b. 1949 - Shot dead in Kingston June 2nd 1999
Junior Delgado (Oscar Hibbert)
b.. August 25,1958 in Kingston. - Died in London 10th April 2005. Passed away in his sleep
Justin Yap (Owner Top Deck Records)
Died In Veteran’s Hospital, U.S.A. December 1999
Born St.Ann 1942 - Died of lung Cancer 17th March 2005
Karl Mullings (Manager & Producer)
b.1942 - Died Friday, July 29th 2005 in Canada from heart complications
b.1947 Kingston - Died of Lung Cancer 14th November 1984
Kenneth Khouri (Federal Records) Jamaican Industry Pioneer
Died September 20th 2003.
B. Winston Sparkes 1939. Died 31st January 2012
King (Osbourne Ruddock) Tubby
b. 1941 Kingston - Gunned down following a robbery outside his home in Tower Hill, Kingston February 6th 1989
b. Kingston 1962? - Died mid 1980’s? More Information Requested
Larry Lawrence (Duke Larry) Ethnic Fight owner
Clifton ‘Larry’ Lawrence d. August Bank Holiday 2008 in London of cancer.
Laurel Aitken. (Oliver Stevens)
b.1927 in Cuba -Died of a Massive Stroke in Leicester, England 17th July 2005
Lee Copthall (Trojan Records)
b. 1939 Constant Spring - Died May 29th 1997
b.1928 - Died mid 1980’s
Leonard Dillon (The Ethiopian[s] )
Died September 28th 2011 Cancer.
Leslie Kong (Beverley’s Records)
b. 1933 Kingston - Died Of A Heart Attack 1971
“Prince” Lincoln Thompson
Died Of Cancer of the Liver in the UK January 1999
Lloyd “Tinlegs” Adams
More Information Requested
Skatalites Bassist, Born 1931. Died 3rd May 2012 following stroke.
Lord Jellicoe (Barker)
b. Jamaica - Died of Natural Causes October 2001
Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts)
b. Trinidad 1933 - Died February 11th 2000 Blood Disorder
Lord Koos (Eric Scott)
Died early 1990's
Died October 12th 2003.
b. 1957 - Information Requested
Lucky Philip Dube
killed in South Africa October 18. 2007 shot by three gunmen as he dropped off his son in the Rosettenville suburb of Johannesburg.
Major (Wayne Jones) Worries
Died in a Shooting Incident 1987
Marcia “Vyris” Edgehill
b. 1954 JA - Died Following Heart Surgery London July 12th 2002
Marco Bran (Miguel Skinner)
Died of a Heart Attack on 15th June 2006, only 25 years old.
Murdered in Kingston By Don Drummond January 2nd 1965
Maurice “Blacka Morewell” Wellington
b. 1950 - Died of A Heart Attack whilst receiving treatment for Cancer in New York October 3rd 2000
Michael Reuben Campbell
Died Of A Heart Attack In England April 2000
b. 1954 -Stoned to death Stony Hill on August 17th 1983
Michael “Zappow” Williams
b.St. Ann’s JA 1944 - Died 9th August 2005 natural causes
Mikey Dread (dread @ the control)Michael Campbell
d.March 15, 2008 of a brain tumour.
Mikey “Mickey” Simpson
Died In 1994 More Information Requested
Gunned Down In Kingston July 6th 1999
Miss Irie of Saxon Sound (Sister of Tippa Irie)
Killed in England 1999
Miss Lou (Louise Bennett-Coverly)
b. Kingston, Jamaica September 7th 1919 - Died 26th July 2006 in Toronto, Canada
Mortimo "Kumi" St George Planno
Founding member of the Rastafari Movement Association b.Cuba on September 6, 1929.died on March 5 2006
Neville Willoughby (Author, Actor, Singer & Broadcaster )
Died in Hospital after a car accident in Kingston Jamaica 20th December 2006.
Nicky (Cecil) Thomas
b. 1949 Portland JA - Died of A Heart Attack, Jamaica 1989
Nicodemus (Cecil Wellington)
b.1957 - Died from Complications Diabetes August 26th 1996
Nitty (Glen Holness) Gritty
b.1957 - Shot dead in a Record Store In Brooklyn New York 1991
Shot dead July 11th 2002 at Dunbarton Avenue, Kingston, Jamaica
Panhead (Anthony Johnson)
b.1966 St. Mary’s JA. - Robbed & Killed outside his House In Marverly Jamaica October 1993
Papa Pilgrim (Co. founder of Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide)
Died of A Stroke October 5th 2003 while visiting Aberdeen, Scotland
Patrick Waite (Musical Youth)
b. 1969 UK - Died 18th February 1993
Paul (Pablo) Stewart
b. 1960 - Died Of Stomach Cancer July 2002.
Paul Tyrell (Shocking Vibes)
Killed March 2004 Kingston Jamaica
Pele (Peggy) Lanier
b. Georgia U.S.A. December 30th 1948 -Died May 31st 2001
Perry Henzell (Film Maker)
b. Port Maria, St.Mary, Jamaica 1936 - Died of Cancer Jamaica 30th November 2006
Peter Scarlett (Fabulous Five, lead Vocalist)
Died of Heart Attack 1990
Peter Tosh (Winston H. McIntosh)
b. 1944 Westmoreland - Murdered at his Home September 11th 1987
Philip Linton (Owner & Producer @ Arrows Studio)
Shot & Killed March 4th 2004 Outside his Studio
b. St. Catherine Jamaica 1945 - Died Cancer April 15th 2004 New York.
Prince Far I (Michael Williams) a.k.a King Cry Cry
b.1944 Spanishtown -Murdered in his home September 15th 1983
Prince Jazzbo (Linval Carter)
Died Lung cancer September 11th 2013.
Puma (Sandra) Jones
b. New York 1953 - Died Of Cancer 1990
Raliegh Gordon ( TheMaytals )
b. Jamaica 1940’s - Died 1994 More Information requested
Ranking Dread (Winston Brown)
b.1931 - Died March 2001
Ray Athony (UK Based Saxophonist)
Died December 2003
Ray Symbolic (Sound System Owner)
Died In Auto Accident 1983
Richard “Dirty Harry” Hall
Brutally Shot & killed on the lower east side Manhattan in a abandoned building over a robbery.
Rising Son Died In Kingston JA. Natural Causes mid 2000
Risto Benji (Michael Benjamin)
Shot dead Church Pen, St. Catherine May 16th 2011
Robert Schoenfeld ( Nighthawk Records, USA )
found dead in his home (maybe some Heart related death)St Louis USA 23rd October 2006.
b. 1936 - Passed Away in Los Angeles November 20th 1999,Heart Failure
b. 1957 - Died Massive Heart Attack 25th January 2004, New York
Roy “Soft” Palmer
Murdered In Kingston Mid 2001
b. Jamaica 1944. - Died 25th May 2007 at home in St. Anne’s Bay.
Ainsworth Roy Rushton Shirley b 1944? Died in London 17th July 2008 heart problems
One half of the (Joe) Higgs & Wilson duo. D. Florida May 19th? 2012
Ruddy Thomas aka Flick Wilson
b.12th July 1951. - Collapsed & died 10th June 2006 from Heart Problems while singing on stage in Portland, Jamaica
Russell Coke (of Magnet Records London)
died 2003 heart problems
Shot while attempting a robbery of a Bauxite Factory 1980
Ian Newtion aged 45 killed in Greenford,West London Sunday, 22 March, 2009.
Scott Palmer (Member of “John Browns Body”)
Died of Cancer 7th June 2006
Scotty (David Scott)
b. 1951 Westmoreland - Died February 27th 2003 Prostate Cancer
Shenley Duffus (Chandley Duffus)
Died in Jamaica Early 2002
b. 1946 - Died Of Lung Cancer June 27th 1998
b. 1956 JA - Died of Oesophagus Cancer 6th February 2004
Sir Harry(The Boss)
Killed in Kingston Jamaica July1999
Sister Mary Ignatius Davis ‘Iggy’
of Alpha Boys School, Kingston, Jamaica. b. Innswood, St. Catherine, on November 18, 1921. Died of A Heart Attack, Kingston Jamaica February 9th 2003
Slim (Keith) Smith
b. 1948 Kingston - Bled To Death 1973 Kingston Jamaica
Slimma Levi (Leroy Golding) .
“Mackating” & Sound System man out of Oxford, England Died 4th December 2003
"Snagga" Stephen Richards drummer was one of the Star Trail Family died in a car accident May 2009
Sonia Mclean (Me & You)
b. 1963 Jamaica - Died in London of Cancer 1995
b. 1942 - Died of Throat Cancer March 30th 2007
'Steely' Wycliffe Johnson
D. September 1st 2009, New York, heart failure following pneumonia.
Stephen Taylor (The Ethiopians)
b. 1944 - Died In Auto Accident 1975
B. Samuel Reid on october 4th 1956 in England, Stix Dan was raised in Jamaica, moved to Ethiopia. He died in
Betel hospital ,Addis Ababa 6th July 2009
Tenor Saw(Clive Bright)
b. 1966 Kingston - Found Dead on the Roadside, Texas (said to be a case of hit & run driving) August 1988
(Black Star) Finland died Heart attack 2nd January 2001 terrible sadness. publisher, writer,producer,
graphic artist, and a broadcaster.
Timothy White (Author)
b.1952 - Died of Heart Attack June 27th 2002
Theophilus Beckford (‘Easy Snappin’)
b. 1935 Kingston - Brutally Murdered with Machete in dispute with neighbour, Kingston, Jamaica February 2001
b. 1933 -Died From Heart Complications In The US May 4th 1998
Tony McKay (Exuma)
b. Tea Cay, Cat Island, Bahamas - Died Nassau Bahamas January 22nd 1997
b. Anthony Mossop 9th October 1943 in Kingston. In 1970. he & members of his family were tragically killed in a car crash in Canada.
Toyan (Byron Letts)
Died as a result of a medical error. No oxygen in the oxygen tank.
more Information Requested
b. Kingston - Brutally Murdered in Kingston April 24th 1993
Tyrone “Don/Paragon” Evans
Died of Natural Causes October 2000
B. in St. Elizabeth in 1954, Died December 1st 2007 prostate cancer.
Shot & Killed In Spanish Town January 2004
U.Roy Junior a.k.a Froggy
Shot while attempting a robbery in Kingston JA 1973 or 1974
Uziah 'Sticky' Thompson
Percussionist / DJ
B. 1936. Died Florida August 25th 2014
Died In Almshouse of complications from Diabetes 199?
Valerie Cowan (Tommy Cowan’s 1st Wife)
Murdered in Kingston during a Robbery 1992
b. Kingston 1946 -Died In Uniondale ,New York, 25th June 2003 Cardiac Arrest
Victor Cross Killed In Auto Accident 1990’s
Vincent “Randys” Chin
b. 1938 Kingston - Died Heart Attack February 2003.
Vincent 'Tata' Ford
d. 28th December 2008 67 years old in hospital from complications caused by Diabetes
Wayne 'Sleng Teng' Smith
Died Feb 17th 2014 Kingston Public Hospital ,age 48
Jazz pianist & bandleader died in Cayman Islands 9th November 2008 96 years old
William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke
b. Feb 6th 1945 died Feb 2nd 2014 Florida.
b. 1944 - Died Of Cancer at his home in Massachusetts U.S October 27th 2000
Winston (Brubeck/Jelly Belly) Wright
Keyboards & Bass player born 1944 - Died of Heart Problems Jamaica 1993
Wilton 'Bogey' Gaynair
born in 1927 died 1995
Yabby You (U)
Known as the "Jesus Dread (Vivian Jackson)
singer, songwriter & record producer, born 14 August 1946; suffering very bad health all his adult years. Died of a stroke aged 63 12 January 2010
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