Rest in Peace, Reggae Legend Bunny Wailer: 1947-2021


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Neville Livingston, who grew to become a reggae legend under the name Bunny Wailer, has passed away at the age of 73.

The news was confirmed on Tuesday, with Wailer’s longtime manager, Maxine Stow, telling the Jamaica Observer that he died Monday after being “in and out of the hospital since his second stroke in July 2020.”

Bunny Wailer was a founding member of the original Wailers trio alongside Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. His legacy grew over the years, much as Marley’s and Tosh’s did, with Wailer receiving Jamaica’s Order of Merit in 2017. According to the Jamaica Observer, it’s the country’s fourth-highest honor.

The social channels for the Peter Tosh estate sent a heartfelt remembrance:

Rest in Power, Bunny Wailer (AKA Neville O’Riley Livingston). A true Reggae icon and Jamaican legend, a brother, a father, an uncle, a friend. Bunny played alongside Peter Tosh and Bob Marley in the most influential Reggae group of all time, The Wailers… He helped shape the genre that spread from Jamaica throughout the world. His contribution to Reggae music will live on forever. Rest our brother. Join us in celebrating Bunny’s life today…

The Wailers’ official social media channels sent out a message regarding his passing, as well:

With great sadness, we announce the loss of our beloved
brother NEVILLE “BUNNY WAILER” LIVINGSTON ….. His life was a blessing and his memories remain a treasure, loved beyond words and missed beyond measures. A true iconic legend , Never be forgotten.. rest well king 🙏🏽🕊💔 04/10/1947 – 03/02/2021 #bunnywailer

 

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