Reggae star and founding member of The Wailers Bunny Wailer dies at 73

Reggae star Bunny Wailer dies at 73: Founding member of the Wailers passes away after he suffered second stroke last year

  • The founding member of the Wailers died on Tuesday in his native Jamaica 
  • He formed The Wailers in 1963 with late superstars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh
  • The three-time Grammy winner died at the Andrews Memorial Hospital in the Jamaican parish of St Andrew, his manager, Maxine Stowe, told reporters 

Bunny Wailer, a reggae luminary who was the last surviving member of the legendary group The Wailers, died on Tuesday in his native Jamaica, according to his manager. He was 73.

Wailer, a baritone singer whose birth name is Neville Livingston, formed The Wailers in 1963 with late superstars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. They catapulted to international fame with the album, Catch a Fire.

In addition to their music, the Wailers and other Rasta musicians popularized Rastafarian culture among better-off Jamaicans starting in the ’70s.

Icon: Bunny Wailer, a reggae luminary who was the last surviving member of the legendary group The Wailers, died on Tuesday in his native Jamaica, according to his manager. He was 73; seen in 2016

Wailer’s death was mourned worldwide as people shared pictures, music and memories of the renowned artist.

‘The passing of Bunny Wailer, the last of the original Wailers, brings to a close the most vibrant period of Jamaica´s musical experience,’ wrote Jamaica politician Peter Phillips in a Facebook post. ‘Bunny was a good, conscious Jamaican brethren.’

The three-time Grammy winner died at the Andrews Memorial Hospital in the Jamaican parish of St Andrew, his manager, Maxine Stowe, told reporters. 

‘The passing of Bunny Wailer, the last of the original Wailers, brings to a close the most vibrant period of Jamaica´s musical experience,’ wrote Jamaica politician Peter Phillips in a Facebook post. ‘Bunny was a good, conscious Jamaican brethren.’ 

The three-time Grammy winner died at the Andrews Memorial Hospital in the Jamaican parish of St Andrew, his manager, Maxine Stowe, told reporters; seen in 2014

His cause of death was not immediately clear. Local newspapers had reported he was in and out of the hospital after surviving a stroke nearly a year ago.

Livingston was born on April 10, 1947  and grew up with Bob in the Nine Mile district of Jamaica’s St. Ann Parish. 

‘Following the death of Marley’s father, Norval, in 1955, Marley’s mother, Cedella, lived with Livingston’s father, Thaddeus, in Trench Town, making Bunny and Bob near-stepbrothers,’ according to Rolling Stone.

Wailer, a baritone singer whose birth name is Neville Livingston, formed The Wailers in 1963 with late superstars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. They catapulted to international fame with the album, Catch a Fire; seen in 1980 

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