It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel "Toots" Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica... pic.twitter.com/zOb6yRpJ7n— Toots & The Maytals (@tootsmaytals) September 12, 2020
Frederick "Toots" Hibbert, lead singer and songwriter of the reggae group Toots and the Maytals passed away on Friday in Kingston, Jamaica at the age of 77.
At the end of August, it was reported on his Facebook page that the singer was hospitalized at the ICU and awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
Just before his hospitalization, the band released a new album, Got To Be Tough.
Other celebrities/musicians shared their condolences
Rest in peace Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert, 1942-2020. @tootsmaytals supported The Who on their 1975 US tour. Toots released a new album, Got To Be Tough, last month on the @JamaicaTrojan label. pic.twitter.com/y6XFyyKpGA— The Who (@TheWho) September 12, 2020
So sad to hear of Toots Hibbert’s passing. When I first heard Pressure Drop that was a big moment - he had such a powerful voice and on stage he always gave the audience his total energy. A sad loss to the music world. pic.twitter.com/CAs9VF4X41— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) September 12, 2020
Rest in Peace Tootshttps://t.co/padNuuiNYQ— Willie Nelson (@WillieNelson) September 12, 2020