Reggae legend Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals dies, aged 77
Toots Hibbert, frontman of the legendary reggae band Toots and the Maytals, has died on the age of 77.
Certainly one of Jamaica’s most influential musicians, he helped popularise reggae within the 1960s with songs like Strain Drop, Monkey Man and Funky Kingston.
He even claimed to have coined the style’s identify, on 1968’s Do The Reggay.
Hibbert’s household mentioned he had died on Friday. The trigger was not disclosed, however he had not too long ago been taken to hospital with Covid-like signs.
The musician was later positioned in a medically-induced coma, and a spokesman mentioned the musician was “preventing for his life.”
“It’s with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel ‘Toots’ Hibbert handed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his household on the College Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica,” said the statement, posted on Twitter on on 12 September.
“The household and his administration staff wish to thank the medical groups and professionals for his or her care and diligence, and ask that you simply respect their privateness throughout their time of grief.
“Mr Hibbert is survived by his spouse of 39 years, Miss D, and his seven of eight youngsters.”