‘Toots’ Hibbert, reggae legend of Jamaica, dies at age 77

“Hibbert died peacefully” surrounded by his family “late Friday night at the University Hospital of the West Indies” in Zambika, the Twitter statement said.

While the cause of his death has not been announced, the band stated on 3 September that Hibbert was taken to intensive care and was waiting to receive the results of a coronovirus test.

“The family and their management team would like to thank the medical teams and professionals for their care and diligence, and ask that you respect their privacy in times of grief,” said Saturday’s statement. has gone.

It said that Hibbert is survived by his 39-year-old wife and seven of his eight children.

Trojan Records, the reggae label that released albums by Tots and the Metals, were among those to pay tribute to Hibbert on Saturday.

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In a statement posted on Twitter, it said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passage of Totes. A true pioneer who changed lives and brought a lot of fun through his music. We have lost a true legend . Your music will live on. Forever Fredrik Nathaniel ‘Tots’ Hibbert. ”

A few weeks after the band’s release “Got to Be Tough”, the frontman died more than a decade later.

Reggae star Bob Marley’s son Ziggy Marley contributed to a recent album by Tots and The Maytails, especially on a cover of his late father’s song “Three Little Birds”.

Paying his respects to Hibbert on social media, Markle tweeted that he saw the musician as a “father figure” before he would never forget her.

Marley also said that the pair spoke a few weeks before Hibbert’s death.

Tots and The Maytles’ hits include “Pressure Drop,” “Monkey Man” and “Do the Rigge”, the last of which gives the genre its name.