Reggae Icon Toots Hibbert In Medically-Induced Coma

(LOOP NEWS CARIBBEAN) – The family of Toots and Maytals frontman Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert is asking the public for prayers as the singer is battling for his life. The ’54-46′ singer is reportedly in a medically-induced coma at the Tony Thwaites wing of the University Hospital of the West Indies.

“We need prayers right now, Toots is a mighty soldier on the battlefield. It is rough but the doctors and consultants at UHWI, with the assistance of Dr Shernette Bryan, are working 24-7 around the clock to save him and we thank them for their efforts. We know he will pull through; he is a true warrior. The Hibbert family is asking for privacy at this time as they rally around him,” Hibbert’s manager, Cabel Stephenson told Loop News.

“We will be monitoring his progress and issuing further updates through his Jamaican publicist Claude Mills,” Stephenson said.

Esteemed British label Trojan Records said it hoped Hibbert “makes a speedy recovery”, while British reggae singer Maxi Priest urged fans to pray.

“Prayers and well wishes to my bredrin. Stay strong king. Blessings all around,” Maxi Priest posted.

Toots Hibbert is awaiting COVID-19 test results. There are six critically-ill patients currently battling the coronavirus. Jamaica recorded three new COVID-19 deaths over the last 24 hours, as well as 224 new COVID-19 cases.

The deceased are an 88-year-old man from Clarendon who died on August 28; a 73-year-old man, also from Clarendon, who died on August 30; and a 79-year-old man from St Elizabeth who died today, September 1. All three men had underlying conditions, notably Parkinson’s disease, hypertension, alcoholism, and diabetes. They bring to 24 the total number of COVID-19 related deaths on the island.

The 224 new positives bring to 2,683 the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for the island.