The announcement was made in a press statement by his family: “With sad hearts we announce that Frederick Nathaniel” Toots “Hibbert left us alone this evening, surrounded by family, at the University Hospital in Jamaica.”

“His family and team would like to thank the doctors and nurses for their care and efforts, and you are asked to respect their privacy during this time of suffering.”

The artist had been hospitalized for a long time in a private hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, he writes

Although the cause of death has not been made public, BBC News notes that the artist had been hospitalized with COVID-19-like symptoms. He was in an induced coma, a spokesman recently declaring that he was fighting for his life.

With his unmistakable voice, Hibbert became known in the 1960s for “Pressure Drop”, “Monkey Man” and “Funky Kingston”.

Moreover, he claimed that he was the one who christened this genre of music and imposed the term “reggae”, in 1968, with the hit “Do The Reggae”.