R.I.P. Gregory Isaacs

JULY 15 1951 - OCTOBER 25 2010

Reggae legend Gregory Isaacs passed away this morning at his home in London after a year-long battle with lung cancer. He was 59 years old.

A prolific artist for almost forty years, Isaacs helped pioneer the smooth style of reggae known as "Lovers Rock," all while scoring hit after hit and appearing in the 1978 film Rockers alongside Burning Spear, Robbie Shakespeare, Big Youth, and Jacob Miller. He is perhaps best known for his 1982 hit "Night Nurse" off the album of the same name, as well as the 1988 smash "Rumours," although he had a number of hits throughout each decade as he continued to adapt to changing styles in reggae music. His most recent album was 2008's Brand New Me

"Gregory was well-loved by everyone, his fans and his family," said his wife Linda. "He worked really hard to make sure he delivered the music they loved and enjoyed."

Check out the videos below as we remember The Cool Ruler.

[Published on: 10/25/10]

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