U-Roy died at age of 78

Pioneering reggae artist U-Roy has died at the age of 78. Born Ewart Beckford, he had been undergoing surgery at a hospital in Kingston, Jamaica.

It has been reported that he died late on Wednesday, February 17.

U-Roy’s partner, Marcia Smikle, told local news website The Gleaner that he had been receiving treatment for diabetes and high blood pressure, and also suffered with kidney problems.

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