Toots Hibbert,one of reggae’s founders and most beloved stars who gave the music its name and later helped make it an international movement through such classics as Pressure Drop, Monkey Man and Funky Kingston has died.
His band “Toots and The Maytals” said this in a statement early Saturday.
Jamaican reggae legend Frederick Nathaniel Toots Hibbert has died aged 77.
Hibbert “passed away peacefully” in Jamaica “surrounded by his family” at the University Hospital of the West Indies late Friday, the Twitter statement said.
Hibbert, frontman of Toots & the Maytals, had been in a medically induced coma at a hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, since earlier this month. He was admitted in intensive care after complaints of having breathing difficulties, according to his publicist. It was revealed in local media that the singer was awaiting results from a COVID-19 test after showing symptoms.
News of the five-time Grammy nominee’s ill health came just weeks after his last known performance, on a national live stream during Jamaica’s Emancipation and Independence celebrations in August.