BUNNY Wailer has died at 73 after Bob Marley's bandmate suffered second stroke.
The reggae icon died on Tuesday in Kingston, Jamaica.
Though no cause of death was revealed at the time, Bunny – whose real name was Neville Livingston – had been in and out of the hospital after suffering his second stroke in 2020, according to the Jamaica Observer.
His manager confirmed the tragic news.
Bunny rose to fame when he, Bob Marley, and Peter Tosh founded the reggae group, The Wailing Wailers (which was later shortened to The Wailers) in 1963.
By 1964, the trio was topping the charts with their debut single Slimmer Down.
Bunny had actually met Marley when the two were just kids and they grew closer in 1955 after Marley's mom had passed and he had moved in with Bunny's father.
Some of Bunny's vocals can be heard in some of The Wailers' songs, like Dreamland, Riding High, Brainwashing, Keep On Moving, and many others.
However, he ended up leaving the band in 1973 as his role began to diminish due to Marley's popularity increasing.
He found success as a solo artist three years later with the release of Blackheart Man. He also partnered with other reggae icons such as Sly and Robby.
In the 1990s, he won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album three times.
First, in 1991, for Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley, then again in 1995 with Crucial! Roots and Classics and then lastly, in 1997, with Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley's 50th Anniversary.
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