Bunny Wailer, Cofounder of Bob Marley’s Wailers, Dies at 73

Bunny Wailer, a founding member of Bob Marley’s Wailers and a legendary reggae singer whose career reached across seven decades, died early Tuesday, his manager confirmed to the Jamaica Observer. He was 73.

“He died about 8:00 this morning. I’m still right here with him,” his manager, Maxine Stowe, told the Observer from the Medical Associates Hospital in Kingston. No cause of death was cited, but Wailer had been in poor health since suffering a second stroke last July.

Born Neville Livingston in the Trench Town district of Kingston, Wailer was the sole surviving member of the Wailers, which he founded in the early 1960s with Marley, who died of cancer in 1981, and Peter Tosh, who was murdered in 1987. After leaving the group in the early 1970s, he went on to a solo career that included such albums as 1976’s “Blackheart Man,” and 1981’s “Rock ‘n’ Groove.”

In 2017, he was awarded the prestigious Order of Merit by the Jamaican Government.

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