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Frankie Paul is dead

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Jamaican music fraternity is morning the passing of reggae artiste Frankie Paul who died at the University Hospital of West Indies (UHWI) on May 18th. Paul was born in 1965. He was 52 years old.

 

According to his sister, Trish Clarke, he died shortly after 10:00 pm. He had been suffering from kidney problems and was on dialysis two days per week.

Friends, including dancehall artiste/producer Wayne Lonesome were assisting him in meeting a huge hospital bill of some $1.5 million when he died. He had been admitted to the hospital since April. Paul, who had moved to the African nation, The Gambia in 1994, was a major dancehall/reggae star of the 1980s and 1990s with hits like "Worries In the Dance", "Pass the Ku Shung Peng", "Tidal Wave", "Cassanova" and "Sarah".

Born in Jamaica in 1965, Paul, whose real name was Paul Blake, was blind from birth and spent his early life at the Salvation Army School for the Blind. While there he met American RnB singer Stevie Wonder, who was in Kingston for a show at the National Stadium in the 1970s. Wonder urged him to become a professional singer. Like Wonder, Paul also played a number of instruments including the keyboard.

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