Bunny Wailer, Reggae Icon, Dies at 73

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Bunny Wailer (b. Neville O’Riley Livingston, April 1947), legendary reggae icon, died this morning from causes that are not immediately known. He was 73 years old. Jah B., as he was affectionately known, was the last surviving member of the original Wailers: The other two members were Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.

He had been ailing from complications related to a stroke he suffered in October 2018.

Jah B is the recipient of the Order of Merit, OM, Jamaica’s fourth highest national honour, and a three-time Grammy award winner. He was last seen publicly on stage in February 2020 when he accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association.

A more comprehensive story on Bunny Wailer will follow shortly.

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  1. LIKE YOU I REGARD JAH B’S PASSING AS A VERY PERSONAL LOSS; HAVING ‘GROWN UP’ WITH THE WAILERS. I RECALL MANY SUNDAY MORNINGS AT LUCAS OVAL, IN ROLLINGTON TOWN WHEN BUNNY JOINED OUR SCRIMMAGE GAME WITH HIS BREDRIN NEVILLE GARRICK.FOR ME JAH B’S GRETAEST PERFORMANCE WAS HI 11/2 RANT AT SUMFEST 2007? WHERE HE GAVE WHAT REMAINS FOR ME THE MOST COGENT ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL INEQUITY IN JAMAICA. TITLED ‘REVOLUTION TO BONGO GRASS CYAAT’ IT REPRESENTS, FOR ME BUNNY’S MOST LASTING LEGACY WHICH CHALLENGES US AS JAMAICANS TO RADICAL SOCIETAL CHANGE. RISE IN POWER JAH B. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4aV0AmTblI

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