Kingston, 12 September 2020 - The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has expressed deep sadness at the passing of Reggae legend Frederick "Toots" Hibbert.
Toots passed away in hospital early this morning (September 12). He was undergoing treatment for respiratory complications and was placed under a medically induced coma.
"I can't adequately express how much this hurts. Toots was a product of the West Kingston Cultural Movement and I have known him for decades. I remained very optimistic that he would pull through but it didn't end that way. I am praying and sending thoughts of hope and strength to his wife and family. Jamaica is grateful for his life and work and the contribution he made to the development of Reggae music," she said.
She added: "Just recently he participated in the Jamaica Festival Song Competition of which he was the first winner in 1966. It was a demonstration of his commitment to Jamaica. Toots was well-loved across the music world and his wonderful character and vocal abilities will be missed. I will continue to support the family as they go through this difficult time."