Bob Marley was only 36 years old when he lost his tragic battle against a rare form of skin cancer that robbed the world of one of the reggae poinsers.
For more than 10 years, the legendary star has brought the music style of his home country to the top of popular culture, and almost 40 years after his death, Marley still influences bands and singers around the world.
Marley and his band The Wailers, who are still considered one of the greatest artists of all time, came on stage in 1963 and became superstars almost instantly in their native Jamaica.
Over the next decade, he and the group released 11 studio albums, and Marley moved from Jamaica to London in 1971, and he and the Wailers really hit the international stage.
Huge publications like Catch A Fire and Burnin ‘followed, and when assassins tried Marley’s life in Jamaica in 1976, he decided to make his move to London permanent.
The following year, however, the legendary singer suffered a major tragedy when he was diagnosed with an acral lenticular melonomer, a very rare form of skin cancer.
During a soccer game, Marley found that something was wrong when he suffered a foot injury that seemed to be getting worse instead of healing.
He was diagnosed with skin cancer and the doctors advised him to have his toe amputated.
However, he refused a committed Rastafarian, whose belief it is a sin to have part of the temple removed.
Marley had a skin graft instead, but by 1980 the disease had spread through his body and nothing more could be done to treat it.
Determined to give fans one last tour to remember, Marley began a final world tour.
But shortly before a concert in New York, he collapsed while walking in Central Park.
After a recent show in Pittsburgh, USA in September 1980, he made the devastating decision to cancel the rest of his tour and try dietary treatment in Germany.
He continued to fight his cancer for the next eight months, but when he realized that it had no effect on his illness, he flew to Jamaica.
It was a trip he would never take, and after the plane became seriously ill while on the flight, it landed in Miami.
He was taken to the hospital, where he lost his fight for life with his son Ziggy to his bed.
Marley, who is believed to have 11 children, had one final message for his son, who is also a musician.
The moving words of the reggae legend were: “Money can’t buy life.”
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His body was then flown to Jamaica, where Marley received a state funeral on May 21, 1981.
Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga gave the last eulogy to the man and musician who had done so much to raise the profile of his home country.
He said: “His voice was an ubiquitous scream in our electronic world. His sharp features, majestic appearance and dancing style shape the landscape of our minds.
“Bob Marley was never seen. It was an experience that left an indelible mark on every encounter. Such a man cannot be erased from the mind. He is part of the nation’s collective consciousness.”