Reggae star with 41 children Aston ‘Household Man’ Barrett dies aged 77

Reggae icon Aston ‘Household Man’ Barrett, who was the bassist with Bob Marley and the Wailers, has died.

His dying got here after a “lengthy medical battle”, his household mentioned with out giving additional particulars.

The 77-year-old was born in Kingston, Jamaica and performed bass, keyboard and guitar. He additionally helped produce the band’s albums.

His nickname ‘Household Man’ was unrelated to the actual fact he fathered 41 kids — comprised of 23 daughters and 18 sons.

His son Aston Jr wrote on social media: “With the heaviest of hearts, we share the information of the passing of our beloved Aston ‘Familyman’ Barrett after an extended medical battle.

“This morning, the world misplaced not simply an iconic musician and the spine of the Wailers however a outstanding human being whose legacy is as immense as his expertise.

“Our household is asking for privateness throughout this difficult time, as phrases can’t specific our profound loss.”

Recognized for his “deliciously deep, mellow voice”, Barrett had been the final surviving member of the Wailers.

He informed the BBC in 2013 of his perception within the energy of music to make change and his aim to maintain “the spirit of Bob Marley alive by means of the reggae music”.

“It was related then and it’s related now and I’m positive it is going to be related sooner or later,” he mentioned.

Years after they have been hits, Barrett loved taking part in the traditional songs Stir It Up and Redemption Track.

Jamaica’s minister for tradition Olivia Grange wrote on X that Barrett died on the College of Miami Hospital in Florida in america early Sunday morning

“This pioneer of Jamaican music was additionally a mentor to many Jamaican artistes and musicians together with the ‘Riddim Twins’, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare,” she wrote.

“I want to specific my honest condolences to his spouse, his kids, his family members and to members of the native and worldwide Reggae Music fraternity. Could the Angels welcome dwelling Aston ‘Household Man’ Barrett to Mount Zion.”