The Great Bunny Wailer Made His Earthly Transition
Written by RasMahddy on March 6, 2021
(REGGAE VIBE MEDIA) – Neville “Bunny Wailer” Livingston, a pioneer of reggae music, has died at the age of 73, according to a statement from Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport.
Wailer had been in the hospital since December and died on Tuesday at the Medical Associates Hospital in Kingston, according to Olivia Grange. There was no mention of a cause of death. The statement was made at the request of Wailer’s family, according to Grange.
“We mourn the passing of this outstanding singer, songwriter and percussionist and celebrate his life and many accomplishments,” the statement said. “We remain grateful for the role that Bunny Wailer played in the development and popularity of Reggae music across the world.”
Andrew Holness, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, also paid tribute to the iconic singer.
“Bunny Wailer has made a tremendous impact on the world setting the stage for a global movement a love for Rocksteady and reggae music. His legendary performances have touched the hearts and souls of millions of fans in Jamaica and across the world,” the Prime Minister said in a statement.
Wailer, whose real name was Neville Livingston, was a founding member of the Wailers, according to the statement. The Wailers included the legendary Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley and Peter Tosh.
Marley died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36 while Tosh was killed by gunmen in 1987 at age 42.
Wailer won three Grammy awards — two for Best Reggae Album and one for Best Reggae Recording for “Time Will Tell — A Tribute To Bob Marley,” according to the Grammys website.
The Jamaican government bestowed on Wailer the Order of Jamaica in 2012 and then in 2017 the Order of Merit, “the country’s highest honor,” according to the prime minister’s statement.
“Prime Minister Holness has extended sincere condolences to the Livingston family, friends, his musical colleagues and many supporters across the globe,” the statement said.