World news – Seasoned reggae star Bunny Wailer dies at the age of 73

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Bunny Wailer smokes a pipe filled with marijuana during an « argument » session in a courtyard in Kingston, Jamaica. Wailer, a reggae star who was the last surviving member of legendary group The Wailers, died in his native Jamaica on Tuesday March 2, 2021, according to his manager. He was 73 years old. (AP Photo / David McFadden, File)

By Sharlene Hendricks, Associated Press

Bunny Wailer, the reggae star who was the last surviving member of The Wailers, has died aged 73, said his manager.

Wailer, a baritone singer by the birth name Neville Livingston, founded The Wailers in 1963 with the late superstars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.

In addition to their music, the Wailers and other musicians have abolished the Rastafarian culture popularized among the better-off Jamaicans in the 1970s.

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Wailer’s death in his native Jamaica was mourned worldwide as people shared pictures, music and memories of the noted artist.

« The death of Bunny Wailer, the last of the original Wailers, ends the most vivid period of musical experience Jamaica, « wrote Jamaican politician Peter Phillips in a Facebook post.

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

The The cause of death was not immediately clear. Local newspapers reported that he had been in the hospital and left the hospital almost a year ago after a stroke.

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