They have taken the Last Train to Zion...
Members of the Reggae Family that passed away ...
The following artists are no longer with us because their careers were cut short unexpectedly. They are greatly missed, but their music will never leave us.
Please e-mail us if we've missed anyone who deserves to be remembered here, or if you have additional, relevant information on those noted here.
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- Augustus Pablo — (Horace Swaby) — (b June 21, 1952, St. Andrews, Jamaica — d. May 18, 1999, Kingston, Jamaica). Succumed to Myasthenia Gravis, an autoimmune disorder.
- Alton Black — Died in auto crash early 1990s.
- Alton Ellis — (Alton Nehemiah Ellis) — Ellis died on 10 October 2008 at Hammersmith Hospital, West London, UK, of cancer.
- Alton Irie — Additional information requested.
- Aubrey Adams — Additional information requested.
- Baba Brooks — (Oswald F. Brooks) — was a trumpet player who recorded during the 1950s Jamaican ska era for the Eric Dean orchestra and Duke Reid. Additional information requested.
- Baby Wayne — (Wayne Parkinson) — Died at the age of 37 in Kingston Public Hospital October 28th 2005 from complications of pneumonia.
- Barry Brown — Collapsed and died in a recording studio in Jamaica, May 2004.
- Barry Llewellyn — (the Heptones) — Llewellyn, 63, died November 23, 2011 in the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew after complaining of not feeling well. Pnuemonia was later cited as the cause of death. Barry Llewellyn was born Dec 24, 1947 in Kingston, Jamaica.
- Banana Man — Additional information requested.
- Billy Boyo — Recently reported that he died from a brain tumor in 2000. (Rumor stated that was shot dead in Kingston late 1980's.)
- Bim Sherman — (Jarrett Tomlinson) — Died November 17th 2000 of cancer.
- Bingy Bunny — (Eric Lamont) — Died of prostate cancer December 31, 1993.
- Bionic Steve — (Steve Townsend) — Stabbed in Kingston. Died on Jan. 17, 1997.
- Bob Marley — (Robert Nesta Marley) — Died in Miami, May 11th 1981of cancer that spread from his toe to his brain.
- Bogle Levy — (Gerald Levy) — Shot at gas station on Jan. 20th 2005 in Kingston, Jamaica.
- Brent Dowe — (the Melodians) — He suffered a fatal heart attack on January 29, 2006, in Hughenden, St. Andrew, Jamaica.
- Byron Lee — (Byron Lee and the Dragonnaires) — He died November 4, 2008, in the hospital in Kingston, after a long battle with cancer. Lee, who was 73, had been fighting transitional cell cancer. Lee was born in Manchester on June 27, 1935.
- Carl Ayton — Died in Jamaica December, 23rd 2001 of a stroke at aged 45.
- Carlton Barrett — Shot by his ex-wife's boyfriend in Jamaica 1987.
- Cedella Marley-Booker — (Mother B) — , the mother of Jamaican music legend Bob Marley, passed in her sleep from natural causes, at her home in Miami, Florida, on Tuesday, April 8, 2008. She was 81 years old.
- Charlie Ace — Gunned down in Kingston early 1980's.
- Chris Stanley — Died of complications following a stroke 23rd October 1999.
- Clancy Eccles — Died on June 30, 2005, at the Spanish Town Hospital, outside Kingston, five days after suffering a stroke.
- Clint O'Neil — Died Oct. 10th 2004 from prostate cancer at age 60.
- Count Machouki — (Winston Cooper) — Died 1995.
- Count Ossie — (Oswald Williams) — Died car crash October 18th 1976.
- Cynthia Schloss — (Cynthia Schloss-Blake) — Died from heart complications February 25th 1999.
- David "Black Rat" Bingham — Shot to death at his home in Kingston, July 20,2002.
- Deborah Glasgowe — Died January 25th 1994 of a brain haemorrhage while suffering from Lymph Gland Cancer.
- Delroy Wilson — Succumbed to cirrhosis of the liver on March 6, 1995.
- Dennis Brown — (Dennis Emmanuel Brown) — Died of respiratory failure, University Hospital Kingston, on July 1, 1999.
- Dennis Harris (DIP Records UK) -- Died 1990's, heart attack.
- Desmond Dekker — (Desmond Adolphus Dacres) — Succumbed to a heart attack on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 during a sound check on stage in Dublin, Ireland.
- Devon Russell — Died of cancer, June 1977.
- Dhaima — (Sandra Matthews) — Died May 9th 2000 by accidental drowning in the U.S.
- Dirtsman — (Patrick Thompson) — Robbed and killed on Dec 21, 1993 in Spanish Town, Jamaica.
- DJ Village — (Horace Pinnock) — Shot dead in London after a robbery, November 20th 2001.
- Don Drummond — Died in Bellevue Hospital, Kingston May 6th 1969, following conviction for murder of girlfriend Marguirita in 1966.
- Don Taylor — Died Novenber 1st, 1999 in Miami following heart problems.
- Drumbago — (Arkland Parks) — Died 1970's ? Natural causes.
- Duke Reid — (Arthur Reid) — (The Trojan) Died of cancer in 1975.
- Earl Belcher — (Founder of Jah Love Music Sound System) Died of a stroke in June 11th 1999.
- Early B — (Earlando Neil) — The Doctor, shot accidentally at the Windsor Cricket Club, Dorchester, Massachusetts, September 11th 1994.
- Eddie Lovette — Died May 1998.
- Eggie Evans — (Egbert Evans) — Eggie Evans was born in 1953. Evans, 56, died at the University Hospital of the West Indies on July 2, 2009. He was taken there shortly after collapsing in August Town, St Andrew. Evans was a diabetic who had lost his right leg earlier this year. In April, several of his colleagues in the music business staged a benefit concert for him at The Deck club in St Andrew.
- Errol Scorcher — (Errol Archer) — Murdered in Kingston in 1982.
- Errol "ET" Thompson — (J.B.C. DJ) Killed in 1983.
- Everton DaSilva — Shot dead in New York in 1979.
- Fathead — (Vernon Rainford) — Yellowman's DJ spar. Killed in the mid 80's.
- Freddie McKay — Died in 1987 of a heart attack.
- Free I — (Jeff Dixon) — Got shot on Sep 11, 1987 at Peter Tosh's home in Kingston, Jamaica.
- Fuzzy Jones — (Alty Salmon) — Additional information requested.
- Garnett Silk — (Garnett Smith) — Passed away trying to save his mother as his house was burning in Mandeville on Dec. 10, 1994.
- Gene Rondo — (Winston Lara) — Died from heart problems in 1994.
- General Echo — (Errol Robinson) — Gunned down in in Kingston on November 22nd 1980 along with 2 members of his EchoTone HiFi Sound System Flux & Big John.
- Glen Adams — (Glenroy Kinkead Adams Phillips) — Died aged 65 after suffering a stroke and kidney failure. Glenroy Kinkead Adams Phillips (Glen Adams), keyboardist, singer-songwriter and producer, born November 27, 1945; died December 18, 2010.
- Gregory Isaacs — Isaacs died October 25, 2010 at his home in London, England following a long illness with cancer. He was 59. Isaacs was born on July 15, 1951 in Fletcher's Land, Kingston, Jamaica.
- Gregory Peck — (Gregory Williams) — Information requested.
- Gurney Man — (Thomas Heath) — Died in May 2001.
- Hortense Ellis — Born April 18, 1941 in Trench Town, Jamaica. Passed away in her sleep in a Kingston hospital on October 18, 2000, after respiratory complications.
- Hugh Mundell — Murdered in Kingston, Jamaica.
- I-Roy — (Roy Reid) — Died due to heart problems on Nov 30, 1999.
- Jack Ruby — (Lawrence Lindo) — Died of a heart problems in Spring of 1989.
- Jackie Edwards — Died from heart problems August 15th 1992.
- Jackie Mittoo — Died of cancer on December 16, 1990, in Toronto, Canada.
- Jackie Opel — (Dalton Sinclair-Bishop) — Died in an auto accident on Bay Street, Barbados.
- Jacob Miller — aka Killer Miller - Killed in a car crash on Hope Road in Jamaica on Mar. 23, 1980.
- Jah Jerry — (Jerome Hines/Haynes) — Died August 13, 2007, in the hospital after a short illness. He was 86. Jah Jerry, the guitarist, was a founding member of the legendary Skatalites Band.
- Jah Lloyd — (Pat Francis) — Shot dead in Kingston 1999.
- Jennifer Lara — died in the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) on Saturday, June 11, 2005, from an apparent brain hemorrhage and high blood pressure.
- Joe Gibbs — (Joel A. Gibson) — Joe Gibbs, Legendary Reggae Producer/Engineer, was born in Montego Bay in 1943. The 1977 Culture album Two Sevens Clash is probably Gibbs' most internationally acclaimed production. He died of a heart attack on 21 February 2008 and is survived by his 12 children.
- Joe Higgs — Died of cancer December 18, 1999 Los Angeles, California.
- Joseph Hill — Suddenly took ill and passed away in Berlin, Germany on the morning of August 19, 2006 while the group was in the middle of a European tour.
- John Jones — Succumbed to an heart attack on October 23, 2000.
- Johnny 'Dizzy' Moore — (John Arlington 'Dizzy' Moore) — One of the founding members of the Jamaican ska/reggae outfit the Skatalites, has passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 69. John Arlington "Dizzy" Moore, trumpeter, born October 5 1938; died August 16 2008.
- Judge Dread — (Alex Hughes) — Died of a heart attack while performing on stage, UK 1994.
- Jungo Lawes — (Henry Lawes) — Gunned down in London, June 13th 1999.(Founder of the Volcano label)
- Junior Braithwaite — (the Wailers) — Murdered in Kingston on June 2, 1999.
- Junior Delgado — (Oscar Hibbert) — Singer Junior Delgado died on April 10, 2005. Affectionately called 'Jooks', Delgado passed away at his residence in London, England from natural causes.
- Justin Hinds — Died from lung cancer, March 16th 2005.
- Justin Yap — Died in Veterans Hospital, USA December 1999.
- Keith Hudson — Died of lung cancer - 1947 - 1984.
- Ken Khouri — (Kenneth Khouri) — Jamaican record industry pioneer, died Sept. 20th, 2003 at age 86.
- King Tubby — (Osbourne Ruddock) — Killed during a robbery attempt at his home in Tower Hill, Kingston. 1989.
- Lacksley Castell — Died mid 1980's.
- Lee Copthall — Died May 29th 1997.
- Lee Van Cliff — Additional information requested.
- Lennie Hibbert — Died mid 1980's.
- Leonard Dillon — (the Ethiopians) — Leonard Dillon, who has died of cancer September 28, 2011, at aged 68. Daughter Patrice Dillon says her father died Wednesday at her home in Port Antonio, Jamaica of lung and prostate cancer. He was born December 9, 1942 in Boundbrook, Port Antonio, Jamaica.
- Leslie Kong — Died of a heart attack in 1971.
- Lloyd Campbell — (Blues Busters) — Died in January 1992, New York.
- Lloyd Knibb — (the Skatalites) — died aged 80, from liver cancer, was one of Jamaica's most renowned drummers. He was a founding member of the Skatalites. Lloyd Knibb, musician, born March 8, 1931; died May 12, 2011.
- Louise Fraser-Bennett — Died Oct. 12th 2003.
- Lucky Dube — (Ermelo Dube) — On October 18, 2007, the 43 year old Dube was shot dead in a botched hijacking while dropping off his two teenaged children at his brother's house in Johannesburg, South Africa.
- Lui Lepke — Additional information requested.
- Major Worries — Died in a shooting incident in 1987.
- Margurita — Died Jan 2, 1965, murdered by Don Drummond.
- Mao Chung — (Geoffery Chung) — Died November 1995 from kidney failure.
- Michael Smith — Stoned to death in Kingston in 1980.
- Michael Leopold Williams — (Zap Pow) — Michael Leopold 'Zappow' Williams, a founding member of the Zap Pow Band, born on August 17, 1943, passed away, August 9, 2005, of natural causes. He was 61.
- Mikey Dread — (Michael George Campbell) — musician, producer and broadcaster, was born June 4, 1954 in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He died of a brain tumor on March 15, 2008, in Connecticut, USA. He was 53.
- Mickey Simpson — Additional information requested.
- Mikey Wallace — Gunned down in Kingston on July 6, 1999.
- Nicky Thomas — Additional information requested.
- Nicodemus — (Cecil Wellington) — Died of complications from diabetes on Aug 26, 1996.
- Nitty Gritty — Shot in a New York City record store in 1991.
- Oral Desulme — Died July 11, 2002 Shot to death on Dumbarton Ave at age 27.
- Pablo Stewart — (Paul Stewart) — Died of stomach cancer in July 2002 at age 41.
- Pan Head — Robbed and murdered outside his house in Jamaica in Oct, 1993.
- Papa Pilgrim — Reggae Ambassador's co-founder died Oct. 5th 2003 in Aberdeen, Scotland after suffering from a stroke.
- Paul Tyrell — Shot at the intersection of Springvale Avenue and Constant Spring Road in Kingston on Feb. 24th 2004.
- Peter Tosh — (Peter McIntosh) — Murdered Sep 11, 1987 at his home in Kingston, Jamaica.
- Phillip James — (Blues Busters) — Died in New York 1989.
- Phillip Linton — Shot dead at his recording studio (Arrows), March 4, 2004. He was 51 years old.
- Phyllis Dillon — Phyllis Dillon passed on April 15th 2004 at 8:05 pm at her home in Long Island, NY. She died from cancer at age 59.
- Pops Laing — Denzil (Keith) Laing — Died August 4th, 1989.
- Prince Far I — Murdered in Jamaica on September 15, 1983.
- Puma Jones — (Sandra Jones) — Died Jan 28, 1990, cancer.
- (Henry) Raleigh Gordon — (the Maytals) — Died Dec 1994.
- Ras Pidow — recongnized Elder of the Rainbow Throne of the Niahbingi Theocratic Order, was born in 1931 in Kingston, Jamaica. Died March 2001.
- Roland Alphonso — Passed away in LA on November 20, 1998 from medical complications.
- Roman Stewart — Died of heart problems in New York. He was also known as Romeo Stewart and 'Mr. Special' (born 11 May 1957, Kingston, Jamaica, died 25 January 2004, New York) was a reggae singer. Stewart won the Festival Song Contest in 1975.
- Roy Shirley — (Ainsworth Roy Rushton) — Born July 18, 1944, Kingston, Jamaica. Died in England of coronary complications on July 17, 2008. His body was discovered a few days after his death in his apartment by close friend and colleague, deejay Dennis Alcopone.
- Ruddy Thomas — (born July 12, 1951, died June 10, 2006) was a Jamaican reggae singer, musician, and recording engineer, who had his greatest successes as a singer in the late 1970s and early 1980s with lovers rock songs. He died after suffering a heart attack while performing at the Popular Song Contest Street Blocker at Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica.
- Sidney Wolfe — Died of lung cancer in the summer of 1998.
- Simpleton — (Christopher Harrison) — Died at Andrews Memorial Hospital in Kingston from high blood pressure/heart attack on Nov. 14th 2004, age 33.
- Sir Coxone Dodd — (Clement Dodd) — Died on May 4th 2004 from a heart attack.
- Sir J.J. — (Carl Johnson) — Shot in his record store in Kingston, c 1971.
- Slim Smith — (Keith Smith) — Committed suicide in 1972.
- Smiley Culture — (David Emmanuel) — died aged 48 during a Metropolitan police raid on his home in Surrey on March 15, 2011. Smiley Culture (David Emmanuel), reggae artist, born February 10 1963; died March 15, 2011.
- Stephen Taylor — (the Ethiopians) — Died 1975, car crash.
- Sugar Minott — (Lincoln Barrington Minott) — Died unexpectedly aged 54. Minott cancelled concerts in Canada after complaining of chest pains. Sugar (Lincoln Barrington) Minott, musician and producer, born May 25, 1956; died July 10, 2010.
- Tennessee Brown — (Clinton Brown) — Died March 1999 of heart trouble.
- Tenor Saw — (Clive Bright) — Born in Kingston, Jamaica, February 11, 1966, died August 1988, Houston, Texas, United States) was a prominent dancehall singer in the 1980s, and one of the most influential singers of the early digital reggae era. He got into an altercation with promoters about not being paid for a performance. He was allegedly beaten, left in bushes, exposed to the elements and died from pneumonia. He died at 22 years of age.
- Theophilus Beckford — Born December 23, 1935 - Kingston, Jamaica. On February 19, 2001, Beckford went to the Callaloo Mews section of Kingston to settle a dispute, and after an altercation was killed by a hatchet wound to the head. He was 65.
- Tommy McCook — Passed away due to health problems Monday, May 4, 1998.
- Toyan — Additional information requested.
- Trevor Sparks — He passed away in Chicago on March 25 2004 after a stroke.
- Tyrone Evans — (the Paragons) — Died on October 19, 2000
- Tyrone Taylor — He died at age 56 from complications stemming from prostrate cancer on December 1, 2007.
- Victor Cross — Died September 2000 car accident. UK based musician.
- Winston Grennan — Died October 27th 2000 after experiencing respiratory complications from metastatic cancer at age 56.
- Winston Wright — Died in 1994 of heart problems.
- Yabby You — (Vivian Jackson) Died of a stroke January 12, 2010. He was 63. Yabby You (Vivian Jackson), singer, songwriter and record producer, born August 14, 1946; died January 12, 2010.