A son and a father, the grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley’s funeral date has been made public. Stephen Marley’s firstborn son, Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley, died of an asthma attack. According to the Jamaica Observer, the late reggae artist’s funeral will be held on January 17th at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road in St. Andrew.
Joseph “Joseph Mersa” Marley died on the 27th of December 2022; he reportedly died at the age of 31. Responding officers from the Pinecrest Police Department found the reggae singer unresponsive in his personal vehicle in the parking lot of a shopping centre in Florida. The paramedics were then summoned, and upon their arrival, they pronounced the singer dead.
Authorities reported that they found no evidence of foul play at the scene where he was discovered.
Jo Mersa’s premiere appearance in 2010 was on a track by the name of “My Girl,” which featured his cousin Daniel Bambaata Marley. He also made an appearance on his father’s Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life album in 2016.
Reggae legend Bob Marley was laid to rest in a mausoleum at his place of birth in Nine Mile. It has not yet been confirmed if his grandson will be buried close to the reggae legend or not. While the funeral for Jo Mersa is scheduled for next week, a private get-together was held at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens on Old Cutler Road in Coral Gables, South Florida, on Tuesday.
The event was graced with the presence of a number of Marley family members and a few dear family friends; it was also all-white themed. A few famous faces that were seen at the event were Taurus Riley, American singer Lauryn Hill, Shaggy, Etana, and a few members of the Inner Circle band.
Kerry-Ann Smith, the young sister of former dancehall queen Carlene Smith, is the mother of Joseph Marley. He is known for songs such as “Burn it Down,” “No Way Out,” and “Made It.” The reggae singer leaves behind his 12 siblings and his six-year-old daughter, Sunshine. His grandfather lost his battle with cancer at the age of 31 on May 11, 1981.