Cancer Type – Lung
Bio – Bob Marley -“Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright.” – Reggae Legend Bob Marley.
Short Story – The reggae legend left the world in 1981 at the young age of 36. Playing soccer with friends a few short years earlier (1977), he injured his foot, and that led him to see a doctor. When diagnosed with melanoma amputation of the toe was recommended.
Bob Marley was a devout Rastafarian, which plays a role in his diagnosis. One of the beliefs, amputation is sinful. A second belief is death is not a certainty, and that truly holy people will gain immortality in their physical bodies.
His medical records were never made public; however, by late summer of 1980 his cancer had metastasized throughout his entire body. His last performance was in Pittsburgh in September of 1980.
In an attempt to find a holistic cure, he flew to Germany to be cared for by Josef Issels. He soon realized his cancer was terminal and chose to fly home to spend his last days at home in Jamaica. He died in Miami during a plane layover on May 11, 1981. According to some reports, his final words spoken to his son Ziggy Marley: “Money can’t buy life.”
The Bob Marley Foundation offers help with education, health, social welfare, community development, and more. While he was alive, he supported the following charities, 1Love, Save the children, and Exploring the arts.
Your music lives on Bob Marley. Thank you for the gift.
Image Credits – By Eddie Mallin [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
|Born||Robert Nesta Marley, 6 February 1945, Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica|
|Died||11 May 1981 (aged 36), Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|Cause of death||Skin cancer (melanoma)|
|Other names||Donald Marley, Tuff Gong|
|Occupation||Singer, songwriter, musician, guitarist|
|Home town||Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica|
|Spouse(s)||Alpharita Anderson Marley (m. 1966; his death 1981)|
|Children||Sharon Marley Prendergast (adopted), Cedella Marley, David Nesta “Ziggy” Marley, Stephen Robert Nesta Marley, Rohan Anthony Marley, Julian Ricardo Marley, Ky-Mani Marley, Damian Robert Nesta Marley|
|Parent(s)||Norval Sinclair Marley, Cedella Malcolm Booker|
|Genres||Reggae, ska, rocksteady|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, percussion|
|Labels||Beverley’s, Studio One, JAD, Wail’n Soul’m, Upsetter, Tuff Gong, Island|
|Associated acts||Bob Marley and the Wailers|