Legendary Reggae singer Bunny Wailer has been hospitalized following complications due to a stroke.
According to Jamaica Gleaner, the 73-year-old was admitted to a Kingston facility last Monday, July 21, suffering from the complications related to a stroke in October 2018.
Bunny Wailer is considered one of the stalwarts of reggae and one of the artistes who exposed the world to Jamaican music. Bunny Wailer, whose real name is Neville O’Riley Livingston, was an original member of reggae group The Wailers along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. He is also a three-time Grammy award winner.
Bunny, also known as Bunny Livingston and affectionately Jah B, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association.
His manager, Maxine Stowe, told The Gleaner yesterday (July 26) that: “He will be released once he’s stabilised, which includes some amount of rehab.”
After suffering a stroke in 2018 and he was taken to Cuba for treatment and continued his rehabilitation in Jamaica. The stroke has affected the right side of his body.
“Jah B [also] continues to be affected by the ambiguous loss of his life partner, Jean Watt, as the desperate search for her continues,” Stowe also said in a press statement.
His wife, Jean Watt, also known as Sister Jean, is still missing. The 70-year-old woman has been missing since Saturday, May 23.
Her description was given indicating that she has dreadlocks, is about five feet three inches tall, and was last seen wearing a black top, brown bottom, and sandals in Washington Gardens, St. The family has issued a reward for information since that time and has continued to reach out to the public via social media in the hope that their matriarch would be found.
His son Asadenaki revealed via social media that the family has hired a private investigator who has successfully checked all hospitals, old age homes, police stations, and morgues. This he added has given the family some hope that she is alive and unhurt. He said that the private investigator believes that she may be in the care of someone.
Stowe said that the Livingston and Watt families continue to search for her.
“[Bunny Wailer] has battened down and overcome many sentences in his personal and creative life, and we hope that his unique spiritual, creative, and personal contribution to humanity stands predominant in these choppy waters,” Stowe added.