Popular Jamaican reggae legend, Ewart Beckford, well known, as U-Roy, is dead.
His partner, Marcia Smikle, made the disclosure the death to The Gleaner, Jamaican news website
“He died at 11:10 last night at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) after undergoing kidney surgery.”
According to Smikle, U-Roy had been receiving treatment for diabetes and high blood pressure, and also suffered with kidney problems.
“He had diabetes and hypertension, but those were under control because we made sure he took his medication. But he also had a kidney problem and was being treated at Andrews [Hospital], and then they told us to take him to UWI for surgery because the kidney had messed up the bladder, and he was bleeding.”
She, however, added that a dialysis for the kidney was recommended but the Reggae legend refused to do that before he died.
In his reaction, the dancehall star, Shaggy described U-Roy as a true legend.
Writing on his Instagram page, he stated, “Today we lost one of our heroes! A true legend in this game of dancehall/ Reggae.
“With such greats as Colonel Josey Wales and Charlie Chaplin, pioneers in this game with a catalogue of amazing recordings U Roy was a master at his craft. Rest Well daddy Roy!”
U-Roy in 2004 was among the artists to feature on Toots and the Maytals’ Grammy-winning all-star album True Love.
For his contribution to music, he was also awarded the Order of Distinction from the Jamaican government in 2007.