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Robbie Shakespeare dead: Reggae icon and Sly and Robbie star dies aged 68

Robbie Shakespeare has reportedly died aged 68 after complications during kidney surgery. The reggae icon is most known for being one half of the Jamaican duo Sly and Robbie.

A source has confirmed Robbie’s passion to The Jamaican Gleaner today.

The publication reports he had been living abroad after having surgery on his kidneys at a Florida hospital.

Although his cause of death has not yet been confirmed, The Gleaner reported that Shakespeare was struggling with his kidney health.

After Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Minister of Entertainment and Culture, told the Jamaica Observer: “Robbie’s loss will be severely felt by the industry at home and abroad.

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“There are so many other great bassists out there who they could have chosen, and yet they chose me, and I am grateful.”

Fans took to Twitter to share their condolences on the reggae icon and his impact on music.

Nadine_writes said: “Robbie Shakespeare, one half of Jamaican music production due ‘Sly and Robbie’ has died following a period of illness.

“A tremendous loss! My thoughts are with his loved ones & colleagues.”


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