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Reggae pioneer Toots Hibbert dies, aged 77

The main man behind Toots & The Maytals passed away peacefully in Kingston, Jamaica 

Reggae pioneer Toots Hibbert has died, aged 77. 

The iconic musician, best known as frontman of reggae and ska band Toots & the Maytals, "passed away peacefully" in hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, according to an official statement from the band on Friday 12th September. 

The exact cause of death isn't clear, although Hibbert had tested positive for coronavirus, and was then admitted to intensive care. 

Hibbert's contribution to the popularisation of reggae and roots music cannot be understated — with many considering him to be one of the sound's true godfathers, even coining the genre's name in his 1968 single, 'Do The Reggay'. In August, Toots & The Maytals released 'Got To Be Tough', their first full length album in more than a decade. Tributes have been pouring in from across the music world and beyond.  

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