Jo Mersa Marley – the grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley – has died at the age of 31, according to US media.
Rolling Stone magazine received confirmation of the Jamaican musician’s death from one of his managers, although the cause was left unspecified.
Tragically, on Tuesday, December 27th of 2022 WZPP Radio in Miami reported the discovery of Joseph Marley’s body inside a car after he experienced an asthma attack. The Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness expressed his condolences to Stephen and Kerry – the musician’s parents – via twitter with feelings of “great sadness”.
This is truly sad news; sending strength to the Marley family at this time.— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) December 28, 2022
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I am deeply saddened by the news that artiste Joseph Marley, son of Reggae star, Stephen Marley and grand son of Reggae super star, Bob Marley has died. pic.twitter.com/OsXQKYOKEi
My deepest sympathies go out to Joseph’s family and friends, as well as all the reggae artists and fans worldwide. His passing is a tremendous loss for music that will be dearly missed.
Jo Mersa Marley exploded onto the music scene with his debut album “Comfortable” in 2016, and followed it up five years later with the breathtakingly beautiful “Eternal”. in 2021.
In 2014, Bob Marley’s grandson opened up to Rolling Stone about his youth spent among renowned music artists such as his father and uncle Ziggy in an exclusive interview.
He recollected in amazement, “Every day I would watch these people as they crafted their projects right before my eyes. Going home each night after seeing that kind of artistry was hard to concentrate on school assignments; all I could think about was running back over and observing the studio.”
During the interview, he expressed his ambition to blaze a trail of his own despite the fact that music is part of his family’s legacy.
As I am a part of the Marley’s contemporary generation, I’m still exploring possibilities,” he told the magazine. “My ambition is to present something different with my gifts.”
It is noteworthy that Jo Mersa Marley, according to reports from US media sources, left behind a wife and daughter.