(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica — Legendary reggae singer Frederick “Toots” Hibbert died at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew on Friday evening. He was 77.
The singer had been admitted at the hospital last week Monday and was in a medically induced coma.
Claude Mills, Hibbert’s publicist, confirmed the singer’s passing.
“Jamaica has lost a great cultural icon. The soul of an age has died,” he told OBSERVER ONLINE.
“The family is asking for privacy at this time as they are going through a very difficult period. Toots was the patriarch of the family. He was everything to his family. I spoke to his daughter, Jenieve Bailey, who confirmed that her father had indeed passed this evening,” he continued.
Hibbert was one of the 10 finalists in the recently concluded Jamaica Festival Song Competition — a contest he won three times.
He recently released his latest album, Got To Be Tough, on August 28.