Jo Mersa Marley, Bob Marley’s Grandson, Dies at 31

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MIAMI—Reggae instrumentalist Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley, Bob Marley’s grandson and Stephen Marley’s son, has died astatine 31.

His typical confirmed his decease to Rolling Stone connected Tuesday but a origin of decease was not instantly disclosed.

Born successful Jamaica and raised successful Miami, Marley followed successful his family’s philharmonic footsteps, taking the signifier with his family’s band, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. He began penning euphony erstwhile successful mediate schoolhouse and made his philharmonic debut successful 2010 with the merchandise of the azygous “My Girl,” connected which helium collaborated with his relative Daniel Bambaata Marley. In 2016, helium collaborated connected a opus with his begetter for the latter’s medium “Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life.”

Marley grew up with his instrumentalist begetter and surrounded by Bob Marley’s different children, including uncle Ziggy and aunts Sharon and Cadella.

Jo Mersa Marley spoke of however euphony enveloped his upbringing successful a erstwhile interrogation with Rolling Stone.

“I would travel location and effort to bash homework, but I’d extremity up getting distracted and spell peek successful the studio. You would ever privation to tally successful and tally retired to spot what was going on,” helium said.

He was intent connected creating his ain path, and released his ain debut medium “Eternal” successful 2021. He had studied workplace engineering astatine Miami Dade College.

“I americium 1 of the caller procreation of Marleys, but I americium inactive experimenting astatine the aforesaid time,” helium had told Rolling Stone. “My program is to bash thing caller with my roots.”

News of Marley’s decease elicited mourning connected societal media, including a station from Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

“My heartfelt sympathies to Joseph’s friends and associates and to the Reggae euphony fraternity and fans everywhere,” Holness tweeted Tuesday. “His untimely passing astatine the young property of 31y.o. is simply a immense nonaccomplishment to the euphony arsenic we look to the adjacent generation.”

The Associated Press