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The Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverly is dead

Published:Wednesday | July 26, 2006 | 3:25 PM

By Kenrick Josephs, Staff Reporter

Jamaican cultural icon, the Honourable Mrs. Louise Bennett-Coverly, more popularly known to the world as \'Ms. Lou\', collapsed and died today at the Scarborough Grace Hospital in Toronto, Canada, after collapsing at home earlier in the morning.

Ms. Lou, possibly Jamaica\'s most loved folklorist, artist and writer appeared in leading humorous roles in several Jamaican pantomimes and television shows. Ms. Lou, through her poems, often captured all the spontaneity of the expression of Jamaicans\' joys, sorrows and culture.

Though she has spent almost two decades residing in Toronto, Canada, she still received homage from the Jamaican community and has has a huge international following. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Merit (OM) for her invaluable and distinguished contribution to the development of the Arts and Culture in Jamaica on Independence Day in 2001.

Miss Lou, who was predeceased by her late husband impresario Eric “Chalktalk� Coverley, leaves son Fabian and many “adopted� children.

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