Bunny Wailer dead: The Wailers legend and Bob Marley bandmate dies after stroke aged 73

Bunny Wailer, whose real name was Neville O’Riley Livingston, was one of the last surviving members of the reggae band The Wailers. The legendary musician has died at the age of 73.
His death was confirmed by manager Maxine Stowe, and Jamaica’s Culture Minister, Olivia Grange.

The cause of death is unknown, but he had been in hospital since having a stroke in July 2020.

The reggae legend had previously struggled with speech issues following his first minor stroke in 2018.

Tributes have been pouring in for the musician on social media, following the sad news of his death.

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British vocalist and Grammy winner Estelle penned: “Sleep in paradise Bunny Wailer.”

Singer Kranium wrote: “Rip Bunny Wailer. Respect for all the great work you did for reggae music worldwide.”

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, said: “My deep condolences to the family, friends and fans of legendary Reggae artiste, Neville Livingston, also known as Bunny Wailer, JahB.”

“They say true legends never die. They live on forever through their music, in our hearts and in the very soul of our nation. The soul of our nation is its #reggae music. Rest in peace #BunnyWailer. You are now a star amongst starts. One love,” a fan commented.

Bunny sang on tracks including Reincarnated Souls, Burnin’, Pass it On, and Hallelujah Time, but left the group in 1973, following the success of the band’s major-label debut Catch a Fire, and pursued his solo ambitions.

The reggae musician’s solo songs included Dreamland, Dancing Shoes, Searching For Love, Life Line, Bide Up, and Arab Oil Weapon.

Bunny also reworked some of The Wailers’ previous songs for his 1980 project Bunny Wailer Sings the Wailers, backed by Jamaican musicians Sly and Robbie.

He went onto win three Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album – for 1991’s Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley, Crucial! Roots Classics in 1995, and 1997’s Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley’s 50th Anniversary.

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