The Jamaican music world has suffered a tragic shock as multiple reports have confirmed that singjay, Delus – the older brother of dancehall star, Konshens – has committed suicide.
The Kingston-born artiste, whose given name was Delmark St. Aubyn Spence Jr., reportedly shot himself in the bathroom of a house on East Riverside Drive in Havendale, opposite the McGregor family-owned Big Ship studio. He only celebrated his 35th birthday last week and most recently shared a post on his Instagram page on Tuesday.
Fellow entertainer, Laden, who spent time with Delus just hours before his death, told ZIP FM Wednesday night that he went to get some liquor, and upon returning to Big Ship, he heard the tragic news.
A shaken up Laden told the radio station, “It sad, mi a tell you…We and Delus play ball everyday man. A couple days ago him celebrate him birthday, we and him a hol’ the joy man,” he said holding back tears before adding, “Only God he knows.”
Delus is most popularly known for his uplifting hit single, What Tomorrow May Bring as well as Addicted and Bad It Up. He first got into the music professionally with Konshens as the two formed the duo, Sojah (Sons of Jah) in the early 2000s and scored a number one hit in Japan with their debut single, Medz Pon Di Corner.
A slew of entertainers and pop culture figures have extended condolences to Konshens and the Spence family for their loss.