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Bob Marley Day 2017: Remembering a Legend who died 36 years ago

Today Rastas and reggae lovers all over the world are remembering the late reggae legend, song writer, activist and inspirer Hon. Nesta Marley popularly known as “Bob Marley”. He was the one who popularize reggae music and a disciple of Rastafarianism.

 Bob Marley died of cancer in a Miami hospital, US, on May 11, 1981. He was only 36 years. May 11 is now globally recognized as Bob Marley’s Day. A day observed by playing only the songs of the reggae maestro and showcasing the rastafarian root culture.

To show a rekindled rastafarians, and reggae loving spirit all over the world, people are expected to play Bob Marley music and to also wear rasta attires and march through major streets of the city preaching the message of Haile Selassie I who they call Jah. Most rastafarians see Haile Selassie I as Jah or Jah Rastafari, an incarnation of God the Father.

Bob Marley died of malignant melanoma, a dangerous type of cancer that was found on his toe in May 11, 1981. His physician, it was learnt, recommended amputating the toe to stop the
spread of the cancer but Marley refused due to his strong Rastafarian belief that no part of body should be cut off including the hair and beard.
A Bible verse that Rastafarians hold as very important is Leviticus 21:5 – “They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in the flesh.” Bob Marley eventually allow for a skin graft in place of a full amputation. It seemed ineffective or simply too late. 
By the late summer of 1980, the cancer had spread throughout his body. While he was in New York City performing, Marley collapsed during a jog through Central Park. He performed for the last time in September of 1980 in Pittsburgh, a performance that was re-mastered and released in February of 2011 as Bob Marley and the Wailers Live Forever.
Intending to fly home to Jamaica, he became even sicker while in transit, and the plane stopped over in Miami, where he died on May 11, 1981. According to some reports, his final words were spoken to his son Ziggy Marley “Money can’t buy life.”  Bob Marley will forever live in our hearts. 
So in the loving memory of Bob Marley, let us join our hearts together to mark his remembrance.  Respect to Bob Marley, May his gentle soul continue to rest in peace. 
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