Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley, son of Stephen Marley and grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley, has died aged 31.
The late musician’s representative confirmed his death Rolling Stone on December 27 but did not disclose the cause of death.
The Jamaican-American singer was “found unresponsive” in a vehicle in the United States that day, according to Daily mail.
The same report also notes that Marley suffered from asthma throughout her life.
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Marley is a family man, often posting about his loved ones on social media. He shares his life with his wife Qiara and daughter Sunshine.
Coming from a long line of reggae legends, he has contributed to a musical and cultural legacy.
“I’m one of the new generation of Marleys, but at the same time I’m still experimenting,” he once said Rolling Stone.
“My plan is to do something new with my roots.”
After releasing my first official song My girl collaborated with Daniel Bambaata in 2010, Marley released her debut solo EP Comfortable four years later and in 2016 joined his father Revelation Partya song from Stephen’s album Revelation Part 2: Fruit of Life.
In 2021, he released his most recent project, Eternity, including collaborations with many reggae and dancehall artists.
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Marley is acutely aware of the myths that make up his family tree and talks about his experience growing up around music.
“It’s been a very magical thing, to see those people come to the house and how the whole process will go,” he said. Rolling Stone.
“I would go home and try to do my homework, but I ended up getting distracted and peeking into the studio.
“You’ll always want to run in and run out to see what’s going on.”
Many have paid tribute to the reggae artist on social media, especially Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, who shared his reaction to the news of Marley’s passing and offered condolences via a series of lines. tweets.
“This is truly sad news; sending strength to the Marley family at this time,” he wrote, sharing a video of the reggae star performing at the Jamaica 60 premiere in the US earlier this year.
“My sincere condolences to Joseph’s friends and associates as well as Reggae fans and fans everywhere,” the twitter thread continued.
“His sudden passing at the young age of 31 is a huge loss to the music scene as we look to the next generation.”
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