Lloyd Knibb, the original drummer from famous Ska band Skatalites is dead.

The drummer died of a battle with cancer last Thursday at his family home in Kingston at the age of 80.

According to reports Knibb was told by doctors in Boston, USA that he had three days to live. The veteran drummer requested to be flown home to Jamaica. He died on Thursday after arriving in the island at midnight on Wednesday.

Knibb passing left only two of the original instrumentalists of the legendary musical aggregation that started approximately 50 years ago are now left alive. They are bassist Lloyd Brivette and alto saxophonist Lester Sterling.

The other members of the original Skatalites to have passed are Don Drummond, Jackie Mittoo, Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso, Jerome ‘Jah Jerry’ Hinds and Johnny ‘Dizzy Johnny’ Moore.

Lloyd Knibb will be sadly missed.

Watch The Skatalites performs Guns of Navarone live below.