Jamaican-American reggae artist Joseph Mersa-Marley died on Tuesday at the age of 31. He was the grandson of iconic reggae musician Bob Marley and the son of Stephen Marley.
The musician was found unresponsive in a vehicle in the United States, according to the streaming service TIDAL.
The artist – who went by his stage name Jo Mersa – reportedly had suffered from asthma all his entire life and the Florida radio station WZPP claimed he had died of an asthma attack, Daily Mail reports.
Bob Marly tragically died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36. He was one of the pioneers of reggae music, and had 11 children with seven different partners.
Daily Mail reported that it has reached out to Joseph’s representatives for comment.
Mersa-Marley spent his early years in Jamaica, where he attended Saints Peter and Paul Preparatory School. He then moved to Florida where he was a student at Palmetto High School. When at Miami Dade College, he studied studio engineering.
In 2014, he released the EP, Comfortable and in 2021 he came out with Eternal.
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