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Double Diamonds loss

Another member of the Mighty Diamonds passes

Published:Saturday | April 2, 2022 | 12:10 AM
From left Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Simpson, Donald ‘Tabby Diamond’ Shaw and Lloyd ‘Judge’ Ferguson.
From left Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Simpson, Donald ‘Tabby Diamond’ Shaw and Lloyd ‘Judge’ Ferguson.

The music fraternity was dealt another blow yesterday when news emerged of the death of Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Simpson, a founding member of the iconic singing group, The Mighty Diamonds.

Just Tuesday, the music industry was plunged into mourning following the murder of lead singer Donald ‘Tabby’ Shaw who was hit during a drive-by shooting on McKinley Crescent in St Andrew.

Simpson, who was ailing for some time, passed away yesterday morning.

Copeland Forbes, a former manager of the group, told The Gleaner that he was not sure Simpson had been informed of Tabby’s death.

“Last night me and ‘Judge’ a talk and he said him never talk to Bunny yet about Tabby,” Forbes said.

“To lose two Diamonds in one week is too heartbreaking to put into words,” Forbes said.

Lloyd ‘Judge’ Ferguson is now the only surviving member of the group.

The Mighty Diamonds is the oldest group in the history of reggae music.

Along their musical journey, the Mighty Diamonds collected numerous awards across the globe.

On National Heroes Day in October 2021, the group received national honours from the Government of Jamaica.

They were vested with the Order of Distinction (Officer Class) for their contribution to the development of Jamaican music.