I had no idea that Bob Marley’s mother was still alive. She just passed away and may God rest her soul.
Cedella Booker, the mother of Jamaican music legend Bob Marley, has died, a family spokesman said Wednesday. She was 81. Booker died in her sleep Tuesday night at her home in Miami, apparently from natural causes, spokesman Jerome Hamilton said.
Booker, a Jamaica native, was 18 when she married Norval Marley, a British man 32 years her senior. Their son brought Jamaican reggae music to international prominence, becoming its international image. Bob Marley died in Miami of a brain tumor in 1981 at age 36.
“Mrs. Booker was the matriarch of a movement so powerful that the mystical qualities of the Marley musical legacy remain strong and potent,” Jamaica Information Minister Olivia Grange said.
After Norval Marley died in 1955, Booker married an American man and settled in Delaware. She wrote two biographies of her famous son and recorded two albums, “Awake Zion!” and “Smilin’ Island of Song.”
“She was a star in her own right,” Jamaica Prime Minister Bruce Golding said in a statement. “Her life was one of hardship, struggle and eventual fulfillment, and through it all, she exuded hope, strength and confidence.”
Her son Bob was very talented. My favorite Marley song is Waiting in Vain
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