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A St Lucian reggae enthusiast has reacted to the death of a legendary artist whose passing has taken some by surprise.

Tributes to the late William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke former lead singer of the popular band Third World continue to pour in since news of his death at a Miami hospital.

Clarke who would have turned 66 on Thursday, February 6, had been in intensive care for some time.

Mr Cuthbert Didier says it’s a sad day for roots reggae in the region and around the world. Mr Didier believes that the artiste has left an indelible mark on the music industry.

He missed a number of engagements linked with the celebration of Third World’s 40th anniversary last year but it was generally felt that he would have recovered enough to return to Jamaica this month.

Clarke was born in Mandeville and replaced ‘Prilly’ Hamiltion as lead singer for the band in 1976.

His first album with the band was ‘96 degrees in the Shade’ but is best known for the hits ‘Now that we found Love,’ an O’Jays original, and ‘Try Jah Love’.
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