Raggae Legend Gregory Isaacs Dead at 59

by Brian Willett

Gregory Isaacs, known for his smooth, distinctive reggae sound, died after a year-long battle with liver cancer. He was 59. Isaacs passed at his home in London surrounded by family.

Although Gregory Isaacs began performing in the 1960s, it is for his 1982 hit, “Night Nurse,” that he is known to many. Isaacs first made a name for himself recording songs of hardship, but was known later for more romantic work.

“Gregory was well-loved by everyone, his fans and his family, and he worked really hard to make sure he delivered the music they loved and enjoyed,” said Isaacs’ wife, Linda, in a statement. “He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.”

Isaacs was a presence on the reggae scene, a prolific singer who released more than 50 albums in his decades-long career. The musician received praise from fans and critics alike, with the New York Times noting he had the “most exquisite voice in reggae.”

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