Jo Mersa Marley, grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley, dead at 31


(New York Post) Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley, son of musician Stephen Marley and the grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley, has reportedly died. He was 31.

The Jamaican American reggae artist was allegedly found unresponsive in a vehicle, according to an initial tweet by journalist Abka Fitz-Henley on Tuesday.

South Florida radio station WZPP posted on Instagram that it had confirmed Jo Mersa’s passing and said he died of an asthma attack, though it did not specify a location where it happened. It noted that the singer leaves behind a wife and daughter.

The Post has contacted representatives for Jo Mersa for comment.

His grandfather was a pioneer in the reggae movement and known for songs including “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” “Get Up, Stand Up,” “Is This Love,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” “No Woman, No Cry” and more.

Bob Marley died in 1981 of melanoma at only 36. He had 11 children with seven different women.

Stephen Marley additionally has a daughter, Mystic Marley, who is also a musician.

Jo Mersa spent his early years in Jamaica before he moved to Florida in high school. He studied studio engineering at Miami Dade College, according to a 2014 Jamaica Observer story.

He released an EP, “Comfortable,” in 2014 that included the title track.

In a 2021 interview with the Jamaica Gleaner, timed to his second EP “Eternal” — which featured Melii, Black-Am-I, Busy Signal, and Kabaka Pyramid — Jo Mersa opened up about his songwriting prowess.

“In all honesty, it depends on the vibe because sometimes you will have a tune or idea, like a whole tune is in your head but no beat, and other times, you have a beat and no tune,” he said. “That’s for me, of course. I can’t speak for everyone. Some songs I am able to finish in a night, and some take longer.”

In the 2014 Jamaica Observer story, he suggested that following in his father’s footsteps was challenging.

“My father has created a legacy by putting out songs with meaning,” he said. “It’s something I have to live up to.”

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  1. Patricia Pierre says

    Gone too son. He has left us in the summer of his time and had do much to offer. May his soul rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences goes out to his family, relatives and friends.

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