Jamaica Observer & Krush Yaad Jamaica – Dancehall deejay Capleton is mourning the loss of his mother, Mable Downer-Forbes, who died on Thursday.
Capleton’s manager, Claudette Kemp, confirmed the entertainer’s mom’s passing.
Up to press time, the Corporate Communication Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force had no record of the incident.
Kemp said Capleton was out of town when the incident occurred.
“I have not seen him; he went to country. He usually goes to the country to go to the seaside to catch fish. I think he was down there when he got the call,” she said.
She, however, said while the entertainer is devastated by his loss, he has to remain strong for his family members.
“At the moment he’s been strong as he’s the eldest for his siblings there at the house, so he has to show this big brother strength.”
Capleton (given name Clifton Bailey) emerged on the music radar in the late 1980s and erupted during the 1990s with songs such as No Lotion Man, Tour, BB Red and Wings of The Morning.
After signing with Def Jam Records, he released two well-received albums which made the Billboard charts.
The self-proclaimed “prophet” continued his winning ways beyond the 1990s with songs such as Hunt Yuh, Lock Up and That Day Will Come.
Meanwhile, Krush Yaad Jamaica reports: “The Bonner family is mourning the loss of Violet ‘Auntie Vie’ Bonner, mother of reggae musicians Richie Spice, Pliers, Spanner Banner and Snatcha Lion, who died on Monday at the Medical Associates Hospital in St Andrew.
“The brothers are very saddened by the loss of their mother, who Spanner Banner said was a constant source of motivation for them. “Well, it’s been kinda rough because my mother was always dear to me. When you have that kinda support and it just gone suh, it kinda hard to cope with it,” a saddened Spanner Banner shared.
He went on to mention that she died as a result of being ill with diabetes along with other complications, but said that they had not yet received the autopsy. The family has since been trying to cope and remain strong, the report added.
“Everybody haffi a hold up and a stay strong. It kinda shake up the family a way,” he said.
“Richie Spice is currently on tour in Europe, however, Ralston Barrett of RAB Entertainment who has worked with the Bonner family as a publicist over the years told The STAR that: “Richie Spice is actually overseas but he got the news earlier today, and he didn’t take it easy at all as you would expect.”
Richie Spice’s nephew and grandson to Violet Bonner, Fontano Thompson, also spoke with The STAR saying that the news has been traumatic for the family. “Boy the family is traumatised, is some wicked circumstances.