On May 11, 1981, legend Bob Marley passed away. Marley, born Robert Nesta Marley, was a Jamaican singer and songwriter who contributed to the popularization of ska and reggae music in the ’70s.
In 1977, Bob Marley injured his toe. After seeking treatment, he found out that he had cancer cells growing in his toe, according to Biography. His doctors suggested amputation to prevent the cancer cells from spreading, but Marley refused because of his religious beliefs.
Bob Marley was a Rastafari, a religious movement that began in Jamaica in the 1930s. Rastafarianism has mixed beliefs and follows some teachings in the Bible, but they are also rooted in African traditions and centered on spirituality, per Nursing Times. Rastafarians are opposed to a few medical procedures including amputations, blood transfusions, dialysis, and organ transplants.
He lost his life, and according to History Info, there are five items buried with Bob Marley’s body, as he requested. The first is his red Gibson Les Paul electric guitar that he often used while performing. The second item is a soccer ball to represent the sport that Marley loved to play.
Bob Marley is also buried with a ring that he never took off his finger. Another item buried with the musician is a Bible opened to the page for Psalm 23, also known as “A Psalm of David.”
The last item buried with Marley was added by his wife, Rita Marley. At the end of the funeral ceremony, Rita approached her husband’s casket and put a stalk of ganja inside. Marley was a user of ganja or marijuana, but he did not smoke it recreationally.