The last surviving founding member of the legendary group The Wailers, Bunny Wailer,born Neville O’Riley Livingston, aged 93, died on Tuesday in his native Jamaica. Wailer died at Andrews Memorial Hospital in the Jamaican parish of St. Andrew of complications from a stroke in July.The reggae singer formed The Wailers in 1963 with late superstars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh when they lived in a slum in the capital of Kingston. Their most famous album was “Catch a Fire.” Wailer was a baritone singer. Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, paid tribute to Wailer, calling him “a respected elder statesman of the Jamaican music scene,” in a series of tweets. “This is a great loss for Jamaica and for Reggae, undoubtedly Bunny Wailer will always be remembered for his sterling contribution to the music industry and Jamaica’s culture,” he wrote. Bunny Wailer wasa three-time Grammy Award winner.
The music critic Kwame Dawes says that Wailer’s song lyrics were carefully crafted and literary in style, and he remained a key part of the group’s distinctive harmonies. After leaving the Wailers, Wailer experimented with disco. n August 2012, it was announced that Bunny Wailer would receive Jamaica’s fifth highest honour, the Order of Jamaica.