Jamaican-American reggae artist Joseph Mersa Marley is dead at the age of 31.
The musician was found unresponsive in a vehicle in the United States on Tuesday, according to the streaming service TIDAL. The initial announcment did not specify a location.
The artist – who went by his stage name Jo Mersa – had reportedly suffered from asthma his entire life, and the Florida radio station WZPP claimed he died of an asthma attack.
He is the grandson of iconic reggae musician Bob Marley and the son of Stephen Marley.
Bob tragically died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36, and is widely considered one of the pioneers of reggae music. The late star had 11 children with seven different partners.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Joseph’s representatives for comment.
Joseph Mersa Marley spent his early years in Jamaica, where he attended Saints Peter and Paul Preparatory School. He then moved to Florida where he was a student at Palmetto High School. When at Miami Dade College he studied studio engineering.
In 2014 he released the EP called Comfortable and in 2021 he came out with Eternal.
There is a new movie about Bob Marley in the works.
Kingsley Ben-Adir is set to portray the legendary singer in the movie, which will be helmed by King Richard director Reinaldo Marcus Green and produced by Rita Marley, and her and Bob’s son Ziggy, and daughter Cedella Marley.
Lashana Lynch – the No Time To Die star who portrayed MI6 agent Nomi in the James Bond epic – will play Rita, Bob Marley’s widow.
There was a lengthy search to find the right actress for the part, according to Deadline, and movie bosses were keen to find someone with Jamaican descent. While Lynch was born in London, her family is from Jamaica.
While Bob was known as the king of chill, one of his 11 children, Ziggy, previously admitted his father could be a tough parent because he was aware of the ‘danger’ of life in Jamaica.
He said: ‘Growing up in Jamaica in the 1970s could be dangerous. There were guns everywhere. But as a kid the danger felt exciting. Every day was an adventure. I did not understand the seriousness of the situation.
‘There were times when my father would tell me not to play on the street because he wanted to keep me safe. If I disobeyed him, he would give me a spanking.
‘People think Bob was laid back about everything, but he was tough when it came to discipline.
‘That is a traditional type of Caribbean parenting – old-school. Kids grow up very differently today.’