Saint Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marleygrandson of legendary reggae singer Bob Marleypassed away at the age of 31.
As reported by the Jamaican journalist, the musician was found “unresponsive in the vehicle”. Abka Fitz-Henley. He explained in a shocking tweet Tuesday morning:
“Jamaican/American artist, Joseph Marley, also known as Jo Mersa (@JoMersaMarley), was found dead today in the US. Marley was found unresponsive in a vehicle.”
Marley was found unresponsive in a vehicle.
Marley is the son of Reggae Star Stephen Marley and grandson of reggae legend, Bob Marley. pic.twitter.com/jyH8A4YkK6
– Abka Fitz-Henley (@AbkaFitzHenley) December 27, 2022
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While the exact cause of death was not immediately released, South Florida radio station WZPP reported that the young artist had died from an asthma attack. They explain on Tuesday Instagram upload:
“Unfortunately, it has been confirmed that Jo’Mersa Marley, son of Stephen Marley and Bob Marley’s grandson, died suddenly of an asthma attack. He was found in his car early this morning.”
Music streaming service TIDAL paid tribute to the late artist shortly after the news broke, writing in a tweet:
“Forever in our hearts. RIP Jo Mersa Marley.
Forever in our hearts. RIP Jo Mersa Marley. ????️????️ pic.twitter.com/hWGbYxV9d5
– TIDAL (@TIDAL) December 27, 2022
Jo Mersa comes from a family of musicians. His father, Stephen Marley, sang hits rock, Who is that girland Hey dearamong others.
And of course, he’s the grandson of the late Jamaican superstar Bob Marley, a legend known for hits like This love, Everything’s gonna Be Alright, and much more. Jo herself opened her heart to Reggaeville last year, where he said of his grandfather:
“We always hear those reflections, talk about those things, about his role not only as a family member and a father, but also in the world and his impact. for the Reggae community and the Reggae culture, the roots, bring progress. Rastafari’s message and love, above all love.”
Jo spent his adult years in Jamaica before going to Florida, where he eventually studied studio engineering at University of Miami-DadeAccording to a 2014 report by Jamaican Observer. At the time, the famous kid told the outlet:
“My father created a legacy by producing meaningful songs. That is something I have to live by.”
The artist who released her debut album, Comfortable, same year. He is known for his songs Burned it and No way out.
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In addition to leaving behind his father and siblings, Jo left behind his wife and young daughter, Sunlight. See below):
Very very sad. Rest in peace an artist who has gone too far. Our hearts go out to his family.
[Images via Bob Marley/YouTube & Johnny Louis/WENN]