It is already 39 years ago since the world lost one of the greatest musical philosopher and Jamaican Reggae Legend, Robert Nesta Marley, popularly known as Bob Marley.
His demise on 11 of May 1981 can not stop the world from celebrating the birthday of the music icon. If he had not died, the legend would have turned 75-year-old today as he was born on the 6th of February 1945.
Since the day broke in Jamaica and in the United States, Twitter has been awash with birthday messages from fans of the reggae legend. Most of them have been sharing the philosophical quotes of the legend and his lyrics.
Others who cannot get enough of the late musician’s sound shared clips of the musician to reignite the love people have for the reggae icon.
See some of the tributes to Bob Marley here:
We wish Bob Marley, a Blessed EarthStrong on his 75th Birthday 🎉— BBC Radio 1Xtra (@1Xtra) February 6, 2020
Here’s Tuff Gong performing on Top of the Pops back in 1977 during one of his first ever trips to the UK. ❤️💛💚 pic.twitter.com/C8kHD3nnvk
🎤🎶 | “If she’s amazing, she won’t be easy. If she’s easy, she won’t be amazing. If she’s worth it, you won’t give up. If you give up, you’re not worthy” – Bob Marley— Aquila East Africa (@AquilaEA) February 6, 2020
If he’d have still been alive, he’d be turning 75 today! Happy birthday, King of Reggae 💚💛❤#BobMarley75 pic.twitter.com/g1jZ205Vsm
According to Wikipedia, in July 1977, Bob Marley was found to have a type of malignant melanoma under the nail of a toe. Contrary to urban legend, this lesion was not primarily caused by an injury during a football match that year but was instead a symptom of already-existing cancer.
Marley turned down his doctors’ advice to have his toe amputated (which would have hindered his performing career), citing his religious beliefs. Despite his illness, he continued touring.
While Marley was flying home from Germany to Jamaica, his vital functions worsened. After landing in Miami, Florida, he was taken to the hospital for immediate medical attention. Marley died on 11 May 1981 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami (now University of Miami Hospital), aged 36. The spread of melanoma to his lungs and brain caused his death. His final words to his son Ziggy were “Money can’t buy life.”
Marley received a state funeral in Jamaica on 21 May 1981, which combined elements of Ethiopian Orthodoxy and Rastafari tradition. He was buried in a chapel near his birthplace with his guitar.