The reggae community is reacting to the death of legendary singer Jimmy Riley, who is the father of singer Tarrus Riley.
The elder Riley died on Wednesday morning in the hospital following a long battle with cancer. He was 61 at the time of his death.
Several reggae/dancehall artists has since expressed their sadness on social media including Maxi Priest, Mr. Vegas, Konshens,
“Real general pass on an him seh “NUH TEARS”. RIP. SALUTE missa Riley. @tarrusrileyja hol it mi bredda,” Konshens wrote on IG.
“My good friend and producer Bulby York sent me this picture, with the legendary Jimmy Riley in Jamaica, at Mixing Lab Studio. Moments like this prove that you may be gone, but will never ever be forgotten. Rastafari Love and blessings,” Maxi Priest wrote. “No words can ease the pain on the loss of the legendary Jimmy Riley, who has passed away. My deepest heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends, fans, and the music fraternity. To my bredren Tarrus Riley, know this King…that your father’s soul is eternally sealed with the Almighty, in His house. His music, joy, love, memories, and happiness, will live in your hearts forever. Lift up your head and praise Jah! As Mr. Riley is already in paradise! Jah Rastafari love and blessings King. Love and Devotion. Rest in Paradise.”
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My good friend and producer Bulby York sent me this picture, with the legendary Jimmy Riley in Jamaica, at Mixing Lab Studio. Moments like this prove that you may be gone, but will never ever be forgotten. Rastafari Love and blessings. #EasyToLove #MaxiPriest #JimmyRiley #RIP #Prayers
“Jah know star #Swa father #JimmyRiley..my condolences goes out to family and friends,” Delly Ranx said.
“Salute to “Jimmy Riley” , from RockSteady to Dancehall, RASTAFARI LIVES! Sending lots of love and hearfelt condolences to his family including son, Tarrus Riley… Jah Bless his soul.. Martin James Norman Riley,” Third World wrote on Facebook.
Tarrus Riley also expressed his thanks for the many condolences sent his way by fans and friends.