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Frankie Paul dies aged 51

Jamaican reggae artist, Frankie Paul, has died.

The 51-year-old that has been known by some as ‘The Jamaican Stevie Wonder’ passed away on 18 May 2017.

Paul died at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

He had been suffering from kidney problems and was on dialysis twice a week.

Friends, including dancehall artist and producer Wayne Lonesome were assisting him before he died. They were helping him in meeting a huge hospital bill of nearly $1.5million [£1.15million]. He had been admitted to the hospital since April.

Born blind, his real name is Paul Blake. His sight was partially restored by an operation on a hospital ship as a child.

He reportedly sang for Stevie Wonder when the American singer visited the school that Paul attended. Having impressed Wonder, he pursued a singing career.

Paul first found fame in the early 1980s, after adopting the stage name Frankie Paul.  Recording throughout that decade, he worked with various producers and in studios in Jamaica.  He has also been known to release several albums a year.

Paul was part of the electronic age of Jamaican popular music. This was evident in many of his popular songs, including Casanova, Head to Toe, Sarah and Shame Dem. These are compiled on the album, King Jammys Presents the Best of Frankie Paul.

Since 1994, the Jamaican has resided in The Gambia. In January 2016, he underwent surgery to amputate a foot and part of his leg.

Frankie Campbell, bass guitar player with the Fab Five Band and chairman of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artists and Affiliates said: Frankie Paul, who “truly could sing”, was one of the singers who came through in an era dominated by deejays.

TNT Entertainment

Photo Credit: Claude Sinclair

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