The Foundation Radio Media Network – Reggae legend Bunny Wailer has been hospitalized.
The 73-year-old was admitted to a Kingston facility last Monday suffering from what his family has described as complications related to a stroke he suffered in October 2018.
“He will be released once he’s stabilized, which includes some amount of rehab,” his manager, Maxine Stowe, told The Gleaner on Sunday.
Born Neville Livingston, Bunny Wailer formed The Wailers along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.
Since the 2018 stroke, the ailing artiste has been to Cuba for treatment and has continued his rehabilitation in Jamaica. The stroke affected the right side of his body.
He was last seen on stage in February when he accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association.
“Jah B [also] continues to be affected by the ambiguous loss of his life partner, Jean Watt, as the desperate search for her continues,” Stowe said in a press statement.
Watt, the entertainer’s partner of 50 years, has been missing since May 23.
Stowe said that the Livingston and Watt families, along with the authorities and a private investigator, continue to investigate all reported sightings of the missing woman.
“(Bunny Wailer) has battened down and overcome many sentences in his personal and creative life, and we hope that his unique spiritual, creative, and personal contribution to humanity stands predominant in these choppy waters,” said Stowe.
Earlier this year Wailer’s wife Jean Watt, the 70-year-old, known to family and friends as Sister Jean, has been missing since May 23. She suffers from dementia and apparently wandered from Wailer’s home in Kingston, Jamaica’s capital.
In June, Maxine Stowe, the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter’s manager, said at the time that he was distraught that Sister Jean has not been found.
“He’s taking it very hard and we are trying to keep his spirit up,” Stowe disclosed.
She said it was the second time Sister Jean had gone missing. Five months ago, she left her sister’s house in downtown Kingston but was found by police that day.
Wailer offered a reward for anyone with information that can assist in her return.
Like Wailer, Sister Jean is from Trench Town, the fabled Kingston community where he, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh formed The Wailers in the early 1960s.
The 73 year-old Wailer suffered a major stroke in late 2018. He is the lone survivor of the most famous Wailers; Marley died from cancer in May, 1981 at age 36 while Tosh was murdered by gunmen at his Kingston home in September, 1987 at age 42.