Jamaican reggae musician Toots Hibbert, real name Frederick Nathaniel Hibbert, has died at the age of 77 years. Hibbert’s band Toots & The Maytals shared grief news on their Twitter account on Saturday.

– With the heaviest of hearts, we announce that Frederick Nathaniel “Toots” Hibbert died peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at West Indies University Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, the press release reads.

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The release does not comment on the cause of Hibbert’s death. Two weeks ago, Hibbert was told On Twitter be in intensive care and awaiting the results of a coronavirus test. A few days later, the band found Hibbert’s condition to be stable and the musician receiving round-the-clock care.

Hibbert formed Toots & The Maytals in the early 1960s Henry “Raleigh” Gordonin and Nathaniel ”Jerry” Mathiasin with. Hibbert served as the band’s singer, guitarist and composer. The band’s latest album Got To Be Tough was released just two weeks before the singer’s death on August 28th.

Hibbert has been considered a pioneer of reggae music. His 1986 Do the Reggay is said to have given the music genre its name. Other hit songs include Pressure Drop, Monkey Man, Funky Kingston and 54-46 That’s My Number.

Many musicians have shared their condolences on social media. Reggae legend Bob Marleyn son Ziggy Marley describes Hibbert as his father figure.

– I talked to him a few weeks ago and told him how much I love him. We laughed and respected each other.

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Rock band The Who also remembers Hibbert in their release. Toots & The Maytals acted as warmer for The Who on their 1975 U.S. tour.

– Rest in peace, the publication says.

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Singer of The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger also shared their own condolences.

– Sad to hear about Toots Hibbert’s death. When I first heard Pressure Dropin, it was a significant moment. He had a loud voice and he always gave the audience all his energy on stage. A sad loss to the music world.

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Hibbert was married Miss D with his wife, referred to as. The musician will also be missed by these seven children.