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JAMAICA | Reggae singer Frankie Paul is dead

Reggae Singer Frankie Paul, Reggae Singer Frankie Paul,
KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 19, CMC  –  Jamaican Reggae artiste, Frankie Paul, died last night at the University Hospital of the West Indies following  a long illness. He was 52 years old.

Frankie, whose real name was Paul Blake was born blind but received some vision following an operation early in his life.

Dubbed the “Jamaican Stevie Wonder” he adopted the stage name Frankie Paul in the 1980s and churned out hits such as “Worries in the Dance”, “Pass the Ku Shung Peng”, “Tidal Wave”, “Cassanova” and “Sarah”.

Frankie Paul, who had moved to Gambia, Africa in 1994, was suffering from kidney complications,was admitted to hospital last month .

His sister Trish Clarke in confirming reports of his passing, said he died at 10:00 pm. (local time),

Born in Jamaica in 1965, Paul, whose real name was Paul Blake, was blind from birth and spent his early life at the Salvation Army School for the Blind.

While there he met American singer Stevie Wonder, who was in Kingston for a show at the National Stadium in the 1970s.

Wonder encouraged Paul, who also [played a number of instrunents including the keyboard, to become a professional singer.

  • Countries: Jamaica