Joseph ‘Jo Mersa’ Marley, a Jamaican reggae artist, passed away at the age of 31. The information of his death was confirmed to Rolling Stone on December 27 by a representative of the musician. Joseph was the son of Stephen Marley and grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley.
The reasons behind his demise are not known yet. According to streaming service TIDAL, he was discovered unresponsive inside a vehicle.
Netizens paid tribute to him on Twitter as word of his death spread. Some remembered his contributions to the music industry, others urged people to honor his extraordinary talent, and others expressed sadness at his untimely passing and said that he had left us too soon.
Joseph was born on March 12th, 1991 in Kingston, Jamaica. The artist attended Saints Peter and Paul Preparatory school. At the age of 11, he moved to Miami and joined Palmetto High School.
Jo Mersa Marley has shared the stage with his father, Stephen Marley, uncle Ziggy Marley, and aunts Sharon and Cadella Marley. Their group was called Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.
In 2010, Jo collaborated with Bambaataa and released his first song, My Girl. Four years later, he released his debut solo Extended play (EP), Comfortable. He graduated from Miami Dade College the same year in studio engineering.
During an interview with Rolling Stone, Jo revealed he is still experimenting and is planning to do something new with his roots.