Reggae Singer Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert has died.
He passed away on Friday at the University Hospital of the West Indies at the age of 77. It was revealed that the singer was awaiting results from a coronavirus test after displaying symptoms and was placed in a medically induced coma.
It was less than a week ago that the prolific hitmaker, who has been in the business for close to six decades, released his latest album, Got To Be Tough, on the Trojan Jamaica label.
Toots is one of the most toured artistes out of Jamaica and is known for his hours-long sets on stages across the globe.
He has been consistently touring with his band, the Maytals, since the early 1970s, when his landmark album Funky Kingston made him a global superstar, opening for groups such as The Who and the Eagles.
Toots and the Maytals won the Grammy award for best reggae album in 2005 and he was awarded an Order of Distinction from the Jamaican government in 2012.