Jamaican pastor and veteran actor Winston ‘Bello’ Bell, popularly known as one half of the comedian duo with Owen ‘Blakka’ Ellis, has passed away.
Ellis and Bell were fellow competitors during their high school years at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Festival of the Performing Arts. This led to them becoming a duo whose popularity grew internationally and saw them deliver art in the form of songs and drama etc.
An announcement of Bell’s passing, which was dated Saturday, April 15, 2023, was posted on Facebook earlier today. It stated that the Bishop, full name Winston Alexander Bell, succumbed to “complications from neuropathy.”
Neuropathy is a condition that results from nerve damage (unrelated to the brain or spinal cord) that leads to pain and weakness of body parts (often limbs), pain, and numbness. Although it has been recorded that sometimes a cause for this cannot be found, the most common causes are injury, long-term alcohol abuse, infection, medicines, or diseases.
His son, Jerome Bell, posted a heartfelt tribute, accompanied by photos, that read, “Rest in peace daddy AKA Winston Bello Bell #PastorBello You were loved by many, helped a lot of people lift their faith and draw closer to God, made a lot of people laugh with your duo Owen Ellis aka Blacka. Rest well. You no longer have to live in pain or with any care for this world.”
Bell got married to his wife Joy Bell in May of 1995 and settled down on the island where he started working with the Area Youth Foundation in 1997. He founded his own ministry, called Out for Jesus Ministries, on Sunday, January 3, 1999. Bell is known for his acting in The First Black Britons (2005), Third World Cop (1999), and One Love (2003).