The death of the Jamaican singer and percussionist, Bunny wailer, a legend of reggae music, died on Tuesday at the age of 73 at Andrews Memorial Hospital in Kingston (Jamaica), and his departure marked the end of an era for this musical movement.
Wheeler (real name Neville Livingston) had a stroke in 2018 and then suffered a second health crisis in July 2020, and was at the time the only surviving member of the historic trio.
Bunny Wheeler was born in 1947 in Nine Mile (North Jamaica), where he met Bob Marley as a child, and a friendship arose between them, and later, his father became the life partner of Bob Marley’s mother.
Wheeler and Marley moved to Trunch Town, an area in Kingston, where they were influenced by their meeting with Joe Higgs, considered by many to be a pioneer of reggae music, and he encouraged them to form the first trio with Peter Touche.
In a 2013 interview, Bunny wailer recounted that Higgs “took time at the expense of his career” to teach the three teens about musical techniques, as none of them had studied music before that.
The late artist Bob Marley’s account also published a special condolence based on one of Bob Marley’s songs, in which he said: “Live for yourself and you will live in vain, live for others, you will live again.”