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The Reggae legend Toots Hibbert dies at 77, while he was waiting for Covid-19 test results

Updated: Sep 16

Toots Hibbert, the charismatic reggae singer and bandleader who helped transform the groove-driven sound of 1960s from Jamaica into an international musical movement, has died. He was 77 years old.

Hibbert, frontman of Toots & the Maytals, had been in a medically induced coma at a hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, since earlier this month. He was admitted in intensive care after complaints of having breathing difficulties, according to his publicist. It was revealed in local media that the singer was awaiting results from a Covid-19 test after showing symptoms.

News of the five-time Grammy nominee's ill health came just weeks after his last known performance, on a national livestream during Jamaica's Emancipation and Independence celebrations in August.

Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals died on Friday, September 11, 2020 in Kingston. The reggae star was in an induced coma after suffering breathing difficulties. It is believed he was awaiting results from a Covid-19 test. He is pictured performing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2018.

Toots Hibbert is pictured performing at the The Voodoo Experience at City Park in New Orleans in 2012


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