Bob Marley’s Grandson, Joseph ‘Jo’ Mersa, Dead at 31

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Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley, the grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley, has died, a representative confirmed to Rolling Stone. Marley was 31.

He reportedly was found unresponsive in his vehicle on Dec. 26 in Miami-Dade County. Born in Jamaica, Jo Mersa had lived in Miami since age 11.

He was the son of Grammy-nominated musician Stephen Marley, one of Bob Marley’s 11 children. Jo Mersa first released an EP, entitled Comfortable, in 2014. His second EP, Eternal, was released last year.

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Reggae fans and fellow musicians reacted to the news on social media.

“So saddened by the news of the passing of this young king @jomersamarley sending prayers and condolences to the Marley family,” Jamaican-American musician Shaggy wrote in a caption alongside a picture of Jo Mersa.

As relayed by People, Jo Mersa recently said his family often reflected on his late grandfather, who died in 1981 at the age of 36.

“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,” he said at the time.

Another musician lost too soon, but never forgotten. Talent sure does run in the Marley family. Rest in peace, Joe Mersa.

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