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Reggae legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry dead at 85

JAMAICAN singer Lee “Scratch” Perry died on Sunday at the age of 85.

He passed away at the Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, Jamaica.

Jamaican artist Lee 'Scratch' Perry died on Sunday
Jamaican artist Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry died on Sunday
He was 85 years old
He was 85 years oldCredit: Handout – Getty

Lee’s cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Jamaica’s prime minister Andrew Holness tweeted of the artist’s passing: “My deep condolences to the family, friends, and fans of legendary record producer and singer, Rainford Hugh Perry OD, affectionately known as ‘Lee Scratch‘ Perry.”

He continued: “Perry was a pioneer in the 1970s’ development of dub music with his early adoption of studio effects to create new instrumentals of existing reggae tracks.

“He has worked with and produced for various artistes, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, the Congos, Adrian Sherwood, the Beastie Boys, and many others.

“Undoubtedly, Lee Scratch Perry will always be remembered for his sterling contribution to the music fraternity. May his soul Rest In Peace.”

During his career, Lee won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2002 and went on to earn four more nominations, all in the same category. 

He put out countless albums over the last 50 years – solo, with his studio band The Upsetters, as well as with other artists and groups.

Most recently, he released the album Dubz of the Root earlier this year.

Lee’s latest song, No Bloody Friends, came out just a couple of weeks prior to his death.

A cause of death has not yet been revealed
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Lee was an early pioneer of dub music and using new studio effects
Credit: Getty Images – Getty

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