Desmond Dekker dies

Desmond Dekker dies

Desmond Adolphus Dacres, more widely known around the globe as Desmond Dekker, is dead. The ska artiste, who was born on July 17, 1941, in Jamaica, died in the United Kingdom at 4:00 a.m. Thursday.

According to his manager, Delroy Williams, Dekker, who is known for songs such as Israelites, Shanty Town, It Mek, Writing on the Wall and Unity, was not ill prior to his death. “He was not sick; he simply died suddenly this morning from an heart attack,” he said when contacted by The Gleaner yesterday.

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