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With a heavy heart, we announce that the frontman of the famous reggae band Toots and Maytals, Frederick Nathaniel “Toots” Hibbert, has passed away at the age of 77.

Mr. Toots has been hospitalized at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, for just over a week. He has been infested with a plague that took many lives this year, COVID19 or popularly speaking the corona virus.

Regardless of being a man who stepped deep into the eighth decade, Frederick was a very vital and healthy man. Recently, on August 28, the Toots released their 24th album “Got To Be Tough”. They had many plans, but as it happens in life, the departures are sudden.

Usually, I would write about the history of these legends, who had their style completely different from the others, and had their unique share in the realm called reggae music and culture, but pain prevails as its hard for me to say goodbye to musicians who are simply irreplaceable. And no matter how hard some new generations are trying, there is no adequate quality that will replace “the old Gods” of reggae music. At least not for the fans that are deeply entwined with reggae music.

Frederick "Toots" Hibbert, source: The Independent

Mr. Hibbert is survived by his wife of 39 years, Miss D, and his seven of eight children.

Farewell fellow Frederick, you good chap.

Music video from the last album "Got To Be Tough"

Author: Jah Tooth

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