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Where did bob marley die?

by Nathan

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Where did Bob Marley die?

RESPONSE: by W. Gayle

Hi Nathan,

Thanks for asking!

Bob Marley died at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, Florida on the morning of May 11, 1981 at the age of 36.

In July 1977, he was found to have malignant melanoma in a football wound on his right big toe but he refused amputation, citing worries that the operation would affect his dancing, as well as the Rastafari belief that the body must be "whole"

The cancer then spread to his brain, lungs, liver, and stomach. After playing two shows at Madison Square Garden as part of his fall 1980 Uprising Tour, he collapsed while jogging in NYC's Central Park.

The remainder of the tour was subsequently cancelled.

He played his final concert at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 23, 1980.

The live version of "Redemption Song" on Songs of Freedom was recorded at this show. Marley afterwards sought medical help from Munich specialist Josef Issels, but his cancer had already progressed to the terminal stage

While flying home from Germany to Jamaica for his final days, Marley became ill, and landed in Miami for immediate medical attention.

He died at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, Florida on the morning of May 11, 1981 at the age of 36. His final words to his son Ziggy were "Money can't buy life."

Marley received a state funeral in Jamaica, which combined elements of Ethiopian Orthodoxy and Rastafari tradition. He was buried in a crypt near his birthplace with his Gibson Les Paul, a soccer ball, a marijuana bud, a ring that he wore every day that was given to him by the Prince Asfa Wossen of Ethiopia (eldest son of HIM), and a Bible.

A month before his death, he was awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit.

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See also: How Did Bob Marley Impact Jamaica?


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May 14, 2019
Bob Marley
by: Glasme Roye-White

Hi there

It was may 50th Birthday the same time as Jamaica Independence Day and I form my Birthday treat I went to Dunn,s River and then I went to Nine Mile at Bob Marley's Museum. I love every moment there. I received a warm welcome and escorted around BM home. Its a beautiful place. And I was even saying that if I don,t visit there mi no go a Jamaica. But I don,t want to say too much but would encourage anyone to visit there. There is also another museum in Kingston but I never got the chance to go there. But will next time!

Feb 02, 2014
Bob's final resting place
by: John Blenkiron

If you are ever in the St Ann's parish of Jamaica it is worth taking a tour up to the village of Nine Mile to visit the tomb of Bob Marley which is next to the house he lived in as a child. Many of the village residents are related by birth to him via the Malcome family on his mother's side. His mother, Cedella Booker Marley, is also buried in an adjacent tomb on Mount Zion. The site is visited by thousands of
marley fans from all over the world annually.

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