Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley, grandson of Bob Marley, has passed away at the age of 31.
Washington. Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley, grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley and a respected musician himself, has died at the age of 31. A spokesman for the Jamaican-born artist confirmed his death to Rolling Stone music magazine, but did not give a cause of death. Miami-based broadcaster WZPP Radio, where Marley has lived much of his life, said he was found dead in a car Tuesday after suffering an asthma attack.
Marley released his debut album “Comfortable” in 2016, followed by “Eternal” in 2021. In an interview with “Rolling Stone” in 2014, Marley described growing up in his family of musicians – in addition to his father Stephen, his uncle Ziggy also made music. “I came home and tried to do my homework, but I ended up getting distracted and stopped by the studio,” said Marley, who is survived by a wife and daughter, according to the WZPP.
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness wrote on Twitter that he was “deeply saddened” by the news of his death and offered his condolences to Marley’s parents, Stephen and Kerry Marley. Marley’s death is a “great loss for music” and the new generation of reggae.
The music world mourns
Dancehall musician Sean Paul (49) published a picture of Marley on Instagram and wrote: “Rest in peace. My condolences to Stephen Marley and the entire Marley family, all his friends and fans.”
Colleague Shaggy, 54, also posted the photo and commented, “So sad to hear the news of this young king’s passing. Sending prayers and condolences to the Marley family.” DJ Khaled (47) published another portrait shot of the artist and wrote: “Stephen Marley, my deepest condolences. My prayers are with you and your family.”