By: Marie Scarci | December 29, 2022
Tragedy has struck the Marley family - Joseph "Jo Mersa" Marley, beloved grandson of reggae pioneer Bob and son of Grammy Award-winning musician Stephen, passed away at only 31 years old.
The Reggae community is mourning the sudden passing of star Jo Mersa, who was reportedly found in his vehicle earlier this week. While few details have been released thus far, Rolling Stone has confirmed that the singer's representative announced his death on Tuesday.
The cause remains unknown and further information will be shared as it becomes available.
After growing up in Jamaica, Jo Mersa made the move to Miami at just 11 years old! With his father Stephen being one of Bob Marley's eleven children who followed their father into music; it was no surprise that young Mersa developed an affinity for song. After Palmetto High School he went on to study Studio Engineering at Miami Dade College.
Having composed music since his teenage years, Jo Mersa has crafted an impressive discography. In 2010 he made a splash in the industry with his first song "My Girl" — produced alongside cousin Daniel Bambaata Marley. Fast-forward to 2014 when he dropped his first EP - followed by his latest album Eternal last year.
On Tuesday, Jamaica mourned the loss of Jo Mersa. Mark J. Golding, a prominent Jamaican politician and respected leader in the community, expressed his grief by penning an emotional tribute to him on Twitter.
The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, also paid tribute to the late Reggae star Jo Mersa upon his passing. Calling it "a huge loss for music" Mr. Holness expressed his sympathies on behalf of all reggae fans around the world and asked for respect as we remember him in this difficult time.
Music fans across the world are grieving with sadness over the news of Jo Mersa's passing, leaving behind his beloved wife and daughter.