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Musician Joseph 'Jo Mersa' Marley, Grandson of Reggae Legend Bob Marley, Dies of Asthma Attack at 31

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Joseph "Jo Mersa" Marley, the scion of Grammy Award-winning Jamaican-American musician Stephen Marley and grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley, has died.

According to reporting from Abka Fitz-Henley, a journalist based in Jamaica who was one of the first to break the story, the 31-year-old Jamaican-American reggae artist was found unresponsive in a vehicle on Tuesday.

Representatives for the singer confirmed his death to the media but did not give a cause, however, Florida radio station WZPP posted that it has confirmed his passing was due to an asthma attack. 

Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness was one of many to pay tribute following the news of Marley's death.

"I extend my deepest condolences to Stephen, Jo’s mom, Kerry, the Marleys and other family members," Holness — who hosted the artist in May when he performed as part of the festivities for an event celebrating the 60th anniversary of the island country in Florida — wrote on Twitter.

Holness said Marley's untimely death was a huge loss to the music world, adding, "May he find Eternal Peace as we mourn his loss during this season of goodwill when we celebrate with family and friends our love for each other."

The Jamaican-born musician moved to Miami when he was 11. He attended school in the states, including a stint at Miami-Dade College studying studio engineering, but it was clear that he would join the family business early on.

A multi-instrumental singer-songwriter, he released his first song as a teen and went on to release two albums, 2014's "Comfortable" and "Eternal" in 2021. Marley was best known for his 2016 single "Burn it Down," featuring his brother Yohan.

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