KINGSTON, March 2 (Reuters) – Bunny Wailer, the legendary Jamacan reggae singer who co-founded The Wailers with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, died in hospital on Tuesday after a heart attack at the age of 73 .
“This is a great loss for Jamaica and the world of reggae,” said Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
Real name Neville O’Riley Livingston, Bunny Wailer formed the Wailers in 1963.
Popularizing reggae music, the Wailers have performed around the world and have signed several hits like “Simmer Down”, “Lonesome Feeling” or “Thank You Lord.”
Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh then left the band while Bob Marley continued touring with a new band performing under the name Bob Marley and the Wailers.
In recent years, Bunny Wailer had suffered from several heart attacks. He died on Tuesday when he had been hospitalized since last December following a new heart attack, according to the Jamacan Minister of Culture. (Kate Chappell; French version Camille Raynaud, said by Jean Terzian)