Reggae crooner, Jimmy Riley passes away after battling cancer

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Jimmy RileyJimmy Riley, a legendary reggae crooner and the father of reggae star Tarrus Riley has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 61.

Riley reportedly passed away at his home in Florida Tuesday night. On Tuesday, Tarrus posted a photo on his official social media pages with the words ‘F*** cancer.’

Riley, born in Jones Town, St. Andrew in 1954, was a founding member of The Sensations, where they scored with the chart-topping hit, Everyday Is Just a Holiday in 1968 on the Treasure Isle label. His time with the group, however, was short-lived and he later joined up with Slim Smith and Lloyd Chalmers to form the band, The Uniques where they crafted the classic track, My Conversation, produced by Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee.

It was when he became a solo act following a short stint with another band – The Techniques – when Riley truly found his footing, with hits such as Love and Devotion, My Woman’s Love and Rougher Yet while combining with his son, Tarrus on the single, Pull Up Selector.

Several artistes took to social media to express their condolences, with Third World posting on their Instagram page, “So saddened to hear about the passing of our brother Jimmy Riley. “Heartfelt condolences to his family, including his son Tarrus Riley, and his musical family. The Spirit Lives. Jah Bless his soul.”

Popular singer, Alaine also chimed in, saying on Twitter, “Sending sincere condolences to @tarrusrileyja for the loss of his father. Only God knows the pain we feel and only God will heal it.”

Other acts who expressed their condolences included Sizzla, who regarded Riley as his mentor as well as close friends, Beres Hammond and Tony Rebel.

Thursday morning, Tarrus Riley again posted on social media, thanking everyone for their support.“Thanks to everyone for their prayers n condolences.Sincerely Appreciated…’Love ur Brothers my Friend Love ur Sisters.’” he wrote.

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