One Love | Losing Another Musician to Lung Cancer
“Everything's gonna be alright.”
On May 11, 1981, exactly 30 years ago today, musician Bob Marley passed away from brain and lung cancer. Like many musicians, actors and other brilliant minds, he was taken far too young.
In honor of his life, we are reposting this AP article with a short timeline about the musician.
On this date in 1981, reggae musician Bob Marley died in Miami of brain and lung cancer.
He was 36.
Seven months earlier, the Jamaican-born entertainer collapsed on stage during a concert in the U-S. Marley and his band, the Wailers, were national heroes in their native land and helped spread reggae music around the world.
Marley was wounded in an assassination attempt in 1976.
"Legend," a greatest hits compilation issued in 1984, was estimated to have sold more than 12 million copies worldwide by 1997.
A digitally re-mastered version was released in 2002.
---In May 1983, the second anniversary of Bob Marley's death, the Jamaican government unveiled a statue of the singer.
Fans claimed the statue was a poor likeness and began pelting it with rocks and fruit.
Then Prime Minister Edward Seaga promised to build a new one.
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