Reggae legend, John Holt is dead

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John HoltLegendary Reggae singer, John Holt, known for classics such as Police in Helicopter and If I Were a Carpenter has died.

Holt, 67, passed away at a hospital in London, England on Sunday night. His long-time manager, Copeland Forbes confirmed the news to the Jamaica Observer

There is no word on the cause of death at this time.

Holt had been in London since August 16, when he collapsed on stage while performing at the One Love Festival. This incident took place just a month after he had an operation.

He was taken to a local hospital where he underwent surgery and has been resting in the English capital until his death.

Holt first garnered attention as the lead singer of the Reggae band, The Paragons in the 1960s before branching out into a solo career, where he found ample success with classics such as Fancy Makeup, Man Next Door, A Love I Can Feel and Stick By Me. He also did covers of songs such as Billy Joel’s Just The Way You Are and Diana Ross’ Touch Me In The Morning and reached the U.K Top 10 singles chart with his cover of Help Me Make It Through The Night by Kris Kristofferson.

 The singer was honoured in 2004 with the Order of Distinction in the rank of officer for his contributions to the music industry and is regarded as one of the most decorated Reggae musicians of all-time.

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