Toots & The Maytals founder and Reggae icon Frederick “Toots” Hibbert has died at the age of 77, after battling the last few weeks in a Jamaican intensive care unit.
Concerns earlier this month that Hibbert contracted COVID-19, led the band and his family to post an update on his health, explaining to fans that Hibbert was in the hospital, but was "making positive progress and is receiving the best possible treatment, while he awaits the results on his COVID-19 test."
In a message shared on Saturday morning, the same account broke the news of Hibbert passing away "peacefully" Friday night. "It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel 'Toots' Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica," they shared.
The music of Toots & The Maytals ripples through generations with influence, with songs like “54-46 That’s My Number” and "Pressure Drop" waving the flag for reggae and seeping into the new wave.
Hibbert has continued releasing music, with his latest album arriving in August. Toots is survived by his wife of 39 years.