Bunny Wailer, an astoundingly influential member of the reggae community and founding member of The Wailers, died this Tuesday, March 2 2021 at 73 years old.
Maxine Stowe, Wailer’s manager confirmed his death on Tuesday morning. Although no cause of death has been stated yet, Wailer’s health had been declining since his second stroke in July of 2020,
Wailer met Bob Marley at a young age, and they formed The Wailers in 1963 along with Peter Tosh. With genres spanning from ska, R&B, and of course reggae, the band released a number of well loved and influential songs such as “Jamming” and “One Love”
Apart from the clear success of The Wailers, Wailer also had his own successful solo career. Producing tracks such as “Blackheart Man” and “Mellow Mood”, his solo music garnered international attention and earned him several Grammys as well as Jamaica’s Order of Merit in 2017.
Often referred to as the “last of the reggae legends”, Bunny Wailer’s death is a great loss for reggae, and humanity as a whole. Yet, his spirit lives on through his music, and the multitude of music that he directly inspired and influenced.