Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper, a seasoned musician and educator who co-founded the reggae band Third World, has passed away. He was a member of the pop band Inner Circle and a founding member of the reggae band Third World.

Cooper peacefully passed away at his residence in St. Andrew this evening. In a statement released by the family, they shared that he succumbed to a short illness. The family expressed their gratitude for Cooper’s immeasurable contributions to music and culture, and his children fondly remember him as a remarkable individual with a generous spirit and a radiant light.

The passing of Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper, a reggae icon and founding member of the esteemed reggae band Third World, sent ripples of sorrow throughout the country. Both Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Culture Minister Olivia Grange expressed their deep sadness at his departure, acknowledging the significant contributions he made to the realms of music and education. Watch the report:

He was 71.

Reporter: Renaldo Adams