Toots Hibbert – who fronted reggae band Toots and the Maytals – has died aged 77. He’s credited with helping bring reggae to a global audience with his catchy tunes
Reggae legend Toots Hibbert has died aged 77.
The Toots and the Maytals frontman, credited with helping bring reggae to a global audience, died on Friday.
A statement from his family revealed he’d been battling illness at a private hospital in Kingston, Jamaica but did not give any more details.
It 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.
“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.”
Tributes have poured in from famous fans including comedian, Lenny Henry, who tweeted: “So sorry to hear of Toots Hibbert’s death.
“His music was a constant in our house growing up via Tighten up albums. His voice was powerful and adaptable to funk, soul, country, AND reggae. Rest in power…”
Bob Marley’s son Ziggy also remembered the musician, writing: “The Legendary Toots Hibbert has passed i spoke w/him a few wks ago told him how much i loved him we laughed & shared our mutual respect.
“He was a father figure to me his spirit is w/us his music fills us w/his energy i will never forget him RIP MIGHTY & POWERFUL NYAH FYAH BALL.”