Musician Joseph “Joe Merca” Marley, grandson of reggae superstar Bob Marley, has died at the age of 31.
The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, confirmed the news via Twitter.
He wrote in part: “My heartfelt condolences to Joseph’s friends and colleagues, as well as the reggae music fraternity and fans everywhere. His untimely death at the young age of 31 is a great loss to music as we look to the next generation. .
“May he find eternal peace as we mourn his loss during this season of goodwill as we celebrate our love for each other with family and friends.”
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While the official cause of death has yet to be released, Miami radio station WZPP shared that Marley was found in her car and reportedly died of an asthma attack.
Marley was born in Jamaica to Stephen Marley, also a famous Jamaican musician, but moved to Florida later in life. He attended Miami Dade College and studied studio engineering.
According to his Instagram, his last performance was in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 13.
In 2014, Marley released his first EP titled “Comfortable”. In 2021, he released “Eternal”.
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Marley leaves behind his wife, Kiara, and daughter, Sunshine.
Following his death, fans and admirers flooded Marley’s comments section on Instagram, including house musician Gordon.
He just wrote “Legend”.
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