How Did Bob Marley Die?

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A legendary singer and musician, Bob Marley, is one of the most popular music personalities in the world. Considered a reggae pioneer, he is credited with introducing Jamaican music into the world. Four decades into his death, his legacy remains the same. 

He started his musical career with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, the group which would later become the Wailers in the early 1960s. The group released over ten albums before signing to Island Records. Marley garnered his international breakthrough with a live version of "No Woman, No Cry" from the Live! album. He had his breakthrough album on the international platform, Rastaman Vibration, released in 1976. Marley released 13 studio albums and numerous hit compilation albums in his musical career.

For his contribution to music, he has been posthumously honored with numerous honors including Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame. Jamaica also honored him with the Order of Merit. He was recognized with numerous honors before and after his death.

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Why is Bob Marley Famous?

A Jamaican musician Bob Marley became a global sensation for pioneering reggae music and introducing Jamaican music into the world. He is famous for his distinctive vocal and songwriting style and is also known as a Rastafari icon. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. His 1984 greatest album, Legend became the best-selling reggae album of all time. His most successful albums are Rastaman Vibration, Exodus, Kaya, Survival, Uprising, Confrontation, Live!, Babylon by Bus, Talkin' Blues, and Live Forever among others. His most his singles are "Get Up, Stand Up", "No Woman No Cry", "Is This Love", "Exodus", "Waiting in Vain", and "Buffalo Soldier" among others.

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How Did Bob Marley Die?

Legendary singer, Bob Marley died in 1981. He was first diagnosed with acral lentiginous melanoma in 1977. The illness eventually became the cause of his death. Marley rejected his doctors' advice to have his toe amputated citing religious beliefs and this would have affected his career as well. Instead, his nail and nail bed were removed from his toe. He collapsed while jogging in Central Park in 1980 and was rushed to hospital. It was found that his cancer had spread to his brain, lungs, and liver. Soon, his cancer spread throughout his body and he underwent alternative cancer treatment, Issels treatment. After unsuccessful treatment, he was returning back to his home country, Jamaica. After his condition worsened, he was taken to Cedars of Lebanon  Hospital after landing in Miami, Florida for immediate medical attention. He died there on 11 May 1981 at the age of 36. His final words to his son Ziggy were, "Money can't buy life".

He received a state funeral in Jamaica on 21 May 1981 and was buried in a chapel near his birthplace with his guitar.

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Marley previously survived an assassination attempt at his home in Jamaica in 1976. Marley and his family were attacked by unknown gunmen inside his home, on 3 December 1976, just two days before "Smile Jamaica". The attempt is believed to have been politically motivated. After surviving the assassination attempt, he soon relocated to London.