According to reports, JOSEPH Marley, better known as Jo Mersa, passed away at the age of 31. Let’s see what happened to him and Jo Mersa Marley cause of death in detail.
What happened to Jo Mersa?
According to the streaming service TIDAL, JOSEPH Marley, the grandson of the legendary reggae singer Bob Marley, passed away at the age of 31.
Marley, also known as Jo Mersa, was reportedly discovered “unresponsive” inside a car while traveling in the US, according to a Tuesday report by Jamaican journalist Abka Fitz-Henley.
Jo Mersa Marley cause of death
Although a cause of death was not immediately disclosed, South Florida radio station WZPP asserts that Jo passed away after having an asthma attack.
TIDAL tweeted in honor of the reggae musician: “In our hearts forever. Godspeed, Jo Mersa Marley. The late Jamaican superstar Bob’s father, Stephen Marley, was the father of the 31-year-old artist.
The reggae movement’s founder, his grandpa, who passed away in 1981, is most remembered for songs like Everything’s Gonna Be Alright, Get Up, Stand Up, and Is This Love, among others.
In sad news, Jo’Mersa Marley, son of Stephen Marley, grandson of Bob Marley, has allegedly passed away today from an asthma attack. The WZPP family would like to send our deepest condolences to the Marley family during this difficult time.
Take a quick look at Mersa Marley’s Biography
Who was Jo Mersa Marley?
Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley was a Jamaican American reggae musician who died on December 27, 2022. Jo Mersa is the son of Stephen Marley and the grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley. He is also the eldest child of his father and the second grandchild of Bob Marley.
Before relocating to Florida, Jo Mersa spent his formative years in Jamaica. He majored in studio engineering at Miami Dade College, the Jamaica Observer reported in 2014.
The only difficulty, according to Jo at the time, was upholding the high standards associated with the Marley name. “My father’s production of music with significance has left a lasting impact. I have a responsibility to live up to it “said he.
Stephen Marley and son Jo Mersa Marley
His foray into music began in 2010 with the label Ghetto Youths International releasing his first song, “My Girl” by Joseph and his older cousin Daniel Bambaata Marley.
The song was produced at the Lion’s Den in Miami by Stephen Marley. His second track, “Bad So,” was released in 2012 by Ghetto Youths International and was an instant commercial success as it became popular in London, Jamaica, New York City, Boston, and Miami. In 2014, he released his debut EP ‘Comfortable’ on iTunes and Spotify. His second album, ‘Eternal’ was released in 2021.
Jo Mersa leaves to mourn his 12 siblings, his daughter Sunshine and his wife. Up to the time of his death, Jo Mersa was on tour with Kabaka Pyramid for his ‘The Kalling’ U.S tour.
Although he rarely shared about his personal life online, Joseph was particularly close to his father. In a recent post sharing father’s day wishes to his dad, Joseph wrote, “The value of a loving father has no price. blessed Father’s Day #Dad @stephenmarley.”
- Jo Mersa followed in the footsteps of his family by releasing his debut album, Comfortable, in 2014.
- Fellow Jamaican reggae musicians Wayne Marshall and Jemere Morgan were featured on the EP’s six songs.
- The following year, he also had an appearance on Morgan Heritage’s Grammy-winning Strictly Roots album.
- Six singles from his second album, Eternal, with musicians including Melii, Black-Am-I, Busy Signal, and Kabaka Pyramid were also released last year.
- Over time, Jo Mersa would go on to collaborate with musicians including Farruko, Jesse Royal, and his father, Stephen, on tracks.
- The singer of Burn It Down is survived by his wife and child.
Tributes continue to pour in social media:
|KOFI Okyere DARKO|
My deepest sympathy goes out to my friend & brother @StephenMarley and the Marley family for the loss of his son Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley. No parent should ever have to bury their children. I’m sending love and prayers from the center of the universe and hope the Marleys find strength during this difficult time. Rest in peace & live on young King.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport Olivia Grange has extended condolences to the family of reggae singer Jo Mersa Marley, the son of Stephen Marley, who was found dead today. He was 31. Reports are that the Jamaican-American musician, who resided in the United States, was reportedly found unresponsive in a vehicle. Minister Grange shared that Jo Mersa was part of Jamaica’s grand 60th celebrations earlier this year.
|Mark J Golding |
He wrote “I’ve just learned of the tragic loss of Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley. A talented young reggae artiste, son of Stephen Marley & grandson of Bob Marley at only 31 yrs old. The loss of a child is a devastating blow no parent should face, my condolences to Stephen & the entire family.”
REST IN POWER JO MERSA MARLEY The sad news just won’t stop. Following the recent news of the deaths of legendary recording engineer Cegrica ‘Soljie’ Hamilton and singer Rovletta Fraser, today there is sad news of the death of Jo Mersa Marley, the 31-year-old son of Stephen Marley. We send condolences to Stephen Marley and the entire Marley Family WZPP RADIO from Florida reported today: “Jo Mersa Marley, son of Stephen Marley, grandson of Bob Marley, has allegedly passed away today from an asthma attack.”
|Tacitus Nana-Kwesi Yabani|
Today we lost a young Veteran brother A father to a beautiful daughter Jo Mersa Marley, Son Of Stephen Marley, Dead At 31
This is so sad….. he was a very polite young man. Jo Mersa Marley, grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley, dead at 31 today Dec 27, reports
|Elorm Beenie |
Very difficult one to contain but Jah knows!!! Jo Mersa Marley — I only hope this horrible news isn’t true!!! Been playing your song #Comfortable multiple times earlier today. Little did I know it was an ‘odd’ signal the celestial frequencies were giving me. SMH Watching you home your craft through 2011, staying off the hype life but putting in REAL WORK, learning how to write good music, and producing quality music, and how highly you spoke about your Uncle, Damian Marley, and your Father, Stephen Marley. Am I writing a tribute already??? I hate doing this, Chale!!! Damn, Jo!!!
I’ve just learned of the tragic loss of Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley. A talented young reggae artiste, son of Stephen Marley & grandson of Bob Marley at only 31 yrs old. The loss of a child is a devastating blow no parent should face, my condolences to Stephen & the entire family. pic.twitter.com/BJf1NLH6Qc
— Mark J. Golding (@MarkJGolding) December 27, 2022
This is truly sad news; sending strength to the Marley family at this time.
Repost/video credit @Babsy_grange :
I am deeply saddened by the news that artiste Joseph Marley, son of Reggae star, Stephen Marley and grand son of Reggae super star, Bob Marley has died. pic.twitter.com/OsXQKYOKEi
— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) December 28, 2022
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