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PHOTOS: Tributes flow for Third World's Bunny Rugs

Published:Monday | February 3, 2014 | 12:19 PM

Local and international musicians, politicians and fans have all been paying tribute to the late lead singer of the iconic reggae band, Third World, William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke.

Clarke, who would have turned 66 this Thursday, February 6, passed away last night in a hospital in Orlando, Florida.

READ: Third World lead singer Bunny Rugs is dead

In a range of tributes that have dominated social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, one thing has remained constant, what most call the silencing of one of Jamaica's most distinctive voices.

For curator and director of the Jamaica Music Museum, Herbie Miller, Bunny Rugs represented one of Jamaica’s very best.

According to him, the late musician and band leader transcended national identity and sits on the pinnacle of excellence.

WATCH: Bunny Rugs and Third World at Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2013

Miller who briefly managed Third World years ago says Bunny Rugs and his fellow band members were a perfect match.

He notes that while many bands developed over the years, few were able to sustain the high-quality sound and musical arrangement as Third World did.

He says Bunny Rugs’ death in Reggae Month makes for an even grander celebration of top Jamaican music stars who also died in February.

In a Twitter post, Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, said he is saddened at the artiste’s death.

Holness said “Such as distinctive voice”.

Bunny Rugs had been diagnosed with cancer and had been battling the disease in intensive care.

He has spent the past 31 years with Third World and started his musical career at age 15.


"So sad to hear the news... been a fan since only a baby. Tears flowing freely for you Bunny, my love and thoughts are with you and your family as you now fly so free. Thank you for the gift of your beautiful music."

- Emprezz Kaygirl

"You have always been in my heart and soul, may your memory live forever, thank you for blessing us all with your wisdom. Rest IN Peace, brother,"

- Terri Larsen

"I'm very saddened by this news... thank you for how you touched my life through music. Sympathy and prayers to family and friends."

- Noreen Schwanke


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