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'Bunny Rugs' memorial service this Wednesday in Orlando

Published:Monday | February 10, 2014 | 12:31 PM

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer


The memorial service for the late lead singer of the iconic reggae band, Third World, William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke is scheduled for Orlando, Florida, this Wednesday.

The service begins at 11 a.m. at the South Orlando Baptist Church, with a repast at the Mela Room, 9677 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando.

Rugs' body is believed to have been cremated by his family.

The Third World singer died Sunday, February second at a hospital in Florida.

He would have celebrated his 66th birthday on February 6, along with King of Reggae, Bob Marley.

A memorial service is expected to be held here in Jamaica next week, followed by a tribute at the Blue Mountain Musical Festival, February 24.

Rugs has been hailed for his outstanding contribution to building not only the music industry, but brand Jamaica.

“He has been a great ambassador for Jamaica over the decades, thereby helping to build brand Jamaica globally," said Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr Wykeham McNeill.

McNeill added that Rugs had left huge footprints on Jamaica’s entertainment landscape, through his contribution as a leading member of Third World, which is arguably one of the best bands Jamaica has produced to date, and also as a solo act.


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