Breaking: Professor Alton ‘Barry’ Chevannes is dead

Renowned Jamaican Professor Alston Barrington Chevannes died moments ago.

Chevannes, a sociologist and cultural icon, died at the University Hospital of The West Indies earlier this afternoon.

Professor Chevannes had been hospitalized since September 4 after he complained that he was in pain.

Professor Chevannes, a sociologist, had lectured at the University of the West Indies for many years, and was a leading activist for peace in Jamaica.

He was also chairman of the Violence Prevention Alliance and a founding member of Fathers Inc, a group which encourages fathers to play their rightful role.

The exact cause of death was not release.