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Toots Hibbert had reportedly been examined for coronavirus within the final two weeks

Jamaican reggae pioneer Frederick Nathaniel “Toots” Hibbert has died on the age of 77.

The legendary musician fronted the reggae and ska band Toots & the Maytals from the early 1960s.

Hibbert “handed away peacefully” in Kingston, Jamaica surrounded by his household, the group introduced on Friday.

As but it’s unknown how Hibbert died, though he had been examined for coronavirus within the final two weeks and was put into intensive care.

Hibbert is credited with popularising reggae music and even naming the style – his 1968 single “Do the Reggay” is the primary track to make use of the time period.

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Different common tracks embody Strain Drop, Candy and Dandy, and 54-46 That is My Quantity.

In an announcement, the band and Hibbert’s household thanked medical workers “for his or her care and diligence”. He’s survived by his spouse and 7 of his eight kids.

His dying comes simply weeks earlier than the discharge of Bought to Be Powerful, the band’s first full-length album in additional than a decade.

Described as “the world’s best residing reggae singer” in a Rolling Stone profile final month, his vocal model has been in comparison with Otis Redding. The journal lists him as one of many 100 best singers of all time.

Tributes poured in for the legendary musician on social media.

UK actor and comic Sir Lenny Henry mentioned he was “so sorry” to listen to of his dying.

“His music was a continuing in our home rising up,” he tweeted. “His voice was highly effective and adaptable to funk, soul, nation, AND reggae. Relaxation in energy.”

And Ziggy Marley – son of reggae icon Bob Marley – wrote on Twitter that Hibbert was “a father determine to me”.