Tyrone Downie, the Jamaica-born keyboardist for Bob Marley and the Wailers, died Saturday. He was 66.
His partner, Bernadine Simpson, told Jamaican outlet The Gleaner that Downie “was feeling ill” on Saturday evening. He died en route to the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, The Jamaica Observer reported. Downie’s cause of death remains unknown.
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Wailers keyboardist, Tyrone Downie,” tweeted the Marley-founded Tuff Gong Studio in Kingston. “Tyrone joined The Wailers just before the age of 20, making his recording début with the band on Rastaman Vibration. We are blessed to count him as a member of the Tuff Gong Family.”