Reggae music pioneer Alton Ellis, known as the godfather of rocksteady, has died at the age of 70 in London, England.
Ellis, who had cancer of the lymph glands, died peacefully Friday night after he had been hospitalized for several weeks.
“His life was the music and the stage,” said his manager Trish De Rosa.
‘He was a seminal figure in terms of popularizing Jamaican reggae music … His death is a terrible loss.’– Laurence Cane-Honeysett, Trojan Records
“He was getting a tremendous amount of work right up to the end – it was very difficult to get him to slow down.”
Ellis collapsed during a club performance in London in August and never recovered his health, according to his record company, Trojan Records.
“He was a genuinely lovely man and his songs were heartfelt,” noted Laurence Cane-Honeysett, Jamaican music consultant for Trojan Records