Professor Alton 'Barry' Chevannes is dead
Renowned Jamaican Professor Alston Barrington Chevannes has died.
It's understood he died at the University Hospital of The West Indies earlier this afternoon.
Professor Chevannes had been hospitalized since September 4 after he complained that he was in pain.
Our news centre has not yet been able to ascertain the exact cause of his death.
Professor Chevannes, a sociologist, had lectured at the University of the West Indies for many years, and was a leading activist for peace in Jamaica.
He was also chairman of the Violence Prevention Alliance and a founding member of Fathers Inc, a group which encourages fathers to play their rightful role.
Professor Barry Chevannes, as he was widely known, was also chairman of the Institute of Jamaica.
He was only recently a winner of the Gleaner Lifetime Award 2010.