Jamaican-American reggae artist Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley – son of eight-time Grammy winner Stephen Marley and grandson of the legendary Bob Marley – has died on the age of 31.
In line with South Florida radio station WZPP, the younger Marley was discovered unresponsive in his car on Tuesday morning (December 27), having “handed away unexpectedly from an bronchial asthma assault”.
Born on March 12, 1991, Marley rose to explicit prominence together with his 2016 single ‘Burn It Down’, which featured his brother Yohan. The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist additionally launched an EP titled ‘Comfy’ in 2014, and a debut album, ‘Everlasting’, in 2021.
In a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, Marley stated of his then-fledging profession: “I’m one of many new technology of Marleys, however I’m nonetheless experimenting on the identical time. My plan is to do one thing new with my roots.”
On how his artistry was knowledgeable by the Marley household’s musical lineage, he mirrored on his childhood: “It was a really magical factor, seeing these folks come round to the home and the way the entire work course of would occur. I’d come house and attempt to do homework, however I’d find yourself getting distracted and go peek within the studio. You’d at all times wish to run in and run out to see what was happening.”
Responding to the information of Marley’s demise, Olivia Grange – Jamaica’s minister of tradition, gender, leisure and sport – wrote in a press release: “I’m deeply saddened by the information that artiste Joseph Marley, son of Reggae star, Stephen Marley and grand son of Reggae tremendous star, Bob Marley has died.
“I lengthen my deepest condolences to Stephen, Jo’s mother, Kerry, the Marleys and different relations. My heartfelt sympathies to Joseph’s buddies and associates and to the Reggae music fraternity and followers in every single place.
“His premature passing on the younger age of 31 [years old] is a large loss to the music as we glance to the following technology. Might he discover Everlasting Peace as we mourn his loss throughout this season of goodwill once we have fun with household and buddies our love for one another.”
Marley was additionally honoured by Jamaican opposition chief Mark J. Golding, who wrote in a press release of his personal: “I’ve simply realized of the tragic lack of Joseph ‘Jo Mersa’ Marley. A proficient younger reggae artiste, son of Stephen Marley & grandson of Bob Marley at solely 31 [years] previous. The loss of a kid is a devastating blow no mother or father ought to face, my condolences to Stephen [and] the complete household.”
I’m deeply saddened by the information that artiste Joseph Marley, son of Reggae star, Stephen Marley and grand son of Reggae tremendous star, Bob Marley has died.
We had been graced by Joseph,whose stage identify was Jo Mersa, acting at our Jamaica 60 Launch in Miramar, Florida, USA in Might. pic.twitter.com/6DyHkYcNsI
— Hon.Olivia Grange (@Babsy_grange) December 27, 2022
I’ve simply realized of the tragic lack of Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley. A proficient younger reggae artiste, son of Stephen Marley & grandson of Bob Marley at solely 31 yrs previous. The loss of a kid is a devastating blow no mother or father ought to face, my condolences to Stephen & the complete household. pic.twitter.com/BJf1NLH6Qc
— Mark J. Golding (@MarkJGolding) December 27, 2022
Take a look at some extra tributes to Marley beneath:
Condolence to @Stephenmarley & the complete Marley household. Relaxation In Energy Jo Mersa Marley. JAH Bless. https://t.co/7QRmRBaYGA
— Capleton King Shango (@capletonmusic) December 27, 2022
Eternally in our hearts. RIP Jo Mersa Marley. 🕯️🕊️ pic.twitter.com/hWGbYxV9d5
— TIDAL (@TIDAL) December 27, 2022
My bredren @stephenmarley, I’m sorry on the unhappy information of your son’s passing.
No mother or father ought to undergo the ache of burying their very own little one.
Please be comforted in figuring out that you simply and your loved ones are in our prayers and ideas.
Might Jo Relaxation In Peace🙏🏿https://t.co/wOzMT2QeXs
— Hopewell Chin’ono (@daddyhope) December 27, 2022
My deepest sympathy goes out to @stephenmarley and the Marley household for the lack of his son Jo Mersa. Fairly unhappy, no dad and mom ought to ever must bury their kids. Sending love and prayers. Hope you all can discover power throughout this troublesome time.
Relaxation in peace younger King👑 pic.twitter.com/du9SYSrctZ
— Freddie Di Captain (@BigshipFreddie) December 28, 2022
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