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Published:Tuesday | May 11, 2021 | 12:09 AM
The I-Three (from left), Judy Mowatt, Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths sang ‘Rastaman Chant’.
The I-Three (from left), Judy Mowatt, Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths sang ‘Rastaman Chant’.
‘Extraordinary’ was one word used to describe the scene in the National Arena during the funeral  for Bob Marley.
‘Extraordinary’ was one word used to describe the scene in the National Arena during the funeral for Bob Marley.
Rita Marley, widow of reggae superstar Bob Marley, and her two sons, Ziggy (left), and Stephen, attend Marley’s funeral in Kingston on May 21, 1981.
Rita Marley, widow of reggae superstar Bob Marley, and her two sons, Ziggy (left), and Stephen, attend Marley’s funeral in Kingston on May 21, 1981.
Then Opposition Leader Michael Manley read the second lesson.
Then Opposition Leader Michael Manley read the second lesson.
Rural school children and teachers took time off from classes to await the Bob Marley funeral procession at a point near Linstead in St Catherine.
Rural school children and teachers took time off from classes to await the Bob Marley funeral procession at a point near Linstead in St Catherine.
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Today marks the 40th anniversary of Bob Marley’s death. The reggae icon died of cancer at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, Florida. He was 36 years old. His death was followed by two services, days later, on May 21 — one for close friends and family at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in St Andrew and a state funeral at the National Arena. Mourners filled the arena and lined the streets — students in uniforms and Rastafarians in traditional garb — to pay their final respects to the King of Reggae, who was buried in Nine Mile, St Ann, where he was born.