Who was Toots Hibbert and how did he die?

TOOTS Hibbert was a legendary reggae artist who helped pioneer the music genre.

He passed away on September 11 in Kingston, Jamaica, due to undisclosed reasons.

Toots Hibbert from Toots & The Maytals died at the age of 77


Toots Hibbert from Toots & The Maytals died at the age of 77Credit: Getty Images – Getty

Here’s more on the iconic musician.

Who was Toots Hibbert?

The singer and frontman of acclaimed reggae band Toots & The Maytals passed away in Kingston, Jamaica on September 11.

The reggae star and multi-instrumentalist helped to make reggae globally popular, recording hits such as ‘Funky Kingston’, ‘Pressure Drop’ and ‘Monkey Man’ with his band the Maytals.

Hibbert's family released a statement about his passing


Hibbert’s family released a statement about his passingCredit: Getty Images – Getty

The band’s 1968 single ‘Do The Reggay’ is credited with giving the reggae genre its name.

They released ‘Got To Be Tough’, their first album in a decade, last month.

It includes a cover of Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds,” featuring Ziggy Marley.

How did the singer from the Toots and the Maytals die?

A cause of death was not disclosed, however, the singer entered the hospital last month after showing symptoms of the coronavirus.

A statement from his family read: “It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel “Toots” Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

Toots was said to be exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus


Toots was said to be exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirusCredit: Getty – Contributor

“The family and his management team would like to thank the medical teams and professionals for their care and diligence, and ask that you respect their privacy during their time of grief.”

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He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Miss D, and seven of his eight children.

What did people say about his death?

Tributes have poured in online to remember the legend.

Ziggy Marley said he would miss Toot's 'genuine nature'


Ziggy Marley said he would miss Toot’s ‘genuine nature’Credit: Getty Images – Getty

Lenny Henry tweeted: “His voice was powerful and adaptable to funk, soul, country, AND reggae.”

Ziggy Marley, son of the late Bob Marley, said: “I am fully in sorrow tonight. I will miss his smile and laughter [and] his genuine nature.”



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