Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley, also known by his stage name Bob Marley (February 6, 1945-May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican musician. Marley started in 1963 with the group the Wailers, replicating a unique way of songwriting and vocal style that would later echo to audiences around the world. After the Wailers was dismantled in 1974, Marley decided to pursue a solo career.
Three years later Marley released “Exodus” which nominated him fame; selling out over 75 million albums and singles, he became one of the world’s best-selling solo artists of all time. Bob Marley got married on February 10, 1966 to Alpharita Constantia “Rita” Anderson in Kingston in Jamaica. The official website of Bob Marley only acknowledges 11 children from different women. He had three children with his wife Rita, two from Rita’s first relationship and one from him. Bob Marley is open with his relationships and affairs with other women. Some websites also listed other individuals claiming to be a family member, but none of those are proven legitimate.
He was a member of Rastafari Movement for some years, a religious group responsible for developing the reggae music in Jamaica. It played a vital role in exposing different key elements of reggae, and it continued to develop to what is now called the modern reggae music. Due to his involvement to Rastafari, Marley started using marijuana. He believed that using marijuana is approved in the Bible. He also claims that using herb reveals who you are, and is way of becoming a true person.
Not too long after his rise to stardom, Marley was diagnosed of a cancer, a malignant melanoma under the nail of his toe. He rejected his Doctor’s advice to have his toe amputated, mentioning his religious beliefs. Marley continued his tours after having an operation where his nail and nail bed was removed. Unaware of the real threat of his illness, he released another album and completed his concerts around the globe. It was in 1980 when his health rapidly deteriorated shortly after a big concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. All of his remaining tours were cancelled as the cancer had already spread throughout his body.
After months of fighting cancer, Marley decided to go back home to Jamaica from Germany. But his condition worsened so he was rushed to a hospital in Miami, Florida after landing. The cancer had already affected his lungs and brain. Marley died on May 11, 1981, he was 36.
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