John Holt is dead. The reggae legend passed away yesterday October 19 in a hospital in London.
Holt’s manager, Copeland Forbes, confirmed the news saying the veteran reggae singer died at 2:40 am English time.
His cause of death was not released, but John Holt has been battling some health issues for quite some time now, sources said.
“He has been sick for quite some time now but he was still strong enough to perform so he was still touring more low key,” the source told us.
His body will be flown back to Jamaica later this week,” the source added.
John Holt and the Paragons rose to fame in the late 1960s during the rocksteady era. He then went on to have a remarkable solo career with hit singles such as “Stick By Me,” “Mr Bojangles,” and “Only A Smile.”
In 2004 John Holt was awarded Jamaica’s fifth highest honour, the Order of Distinction.
John Holt was age 69 at the time of his death.