Bob Marley's grandson Jo Mersa Marley dead at 31
Last Modified: Jan 2, 2023
Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley passed away at the age of 31. He is the son of musician Stephen Marley and the grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley.
He is survived by a wife and a daughter.
The singer's representative confirmed Marley’s death but is yet to give the official cause of death.
On Tuesday, journalist Abka Fitz-Henley tweeted that the Jamaican American reggae artist was allegedly found unresponsive in a vehicle.
Later, South Florida radio station WZPP confirmed Jo Mersa Marley’s death on Instagram-adding that he died of an asthma attack but did not specify a location where it happened.
Jo Mersa Marley’s grandfather Bob Marley was a pioneer in reggae music. He passed away at the age of 36 in 1981 of melanoma and had fathered 11 children with seven different women.
Jo Mersa and his sibling- a sister named Mystic Marley are both musicians.
The late Jo Mersa Marley grew up in Jamaica before he moved to Florida in high school. He later studied studio engineering at Miami Dade College and released an EP titled Comfortable in 2014 and EP Eternal in 2021.
“In all honesty, it depends on the vibe because sometimes you will have a tune or idea like a whole tune is in your head but no beat, and other times, you have a beat and no tune. That’s for me, of course. I can’t speak for everyone. Some songs I am able to finish in a night, and some take longer,” he had said while promoting his second EP.
Speaking of his grandfather’s legacy, he opened up in a 2021 interview, “We always hear those reflections, speaking about those things, about the role that he played not only as family member and father, but also in the world and the impact he had on the Reggae community and the Reggae culture, the roots, bringing forward the message of Rastafari and love, over all love.”