A Look Back At Bob Marley’s Death

Bob Marley

Facts About Bob Marley’s Death

  • Bob Marley died on May 11, 1981.
  • He was laid to rest in his home in Nine Miles, St Ann, on Thursday, May 21, 1981.
  • A mausoleum was built.
  • The funeral service took place at the National Arena.
  • Thousands of Jamaicans braved the heat of sun and the wet of rain and lined the streets from Kingston to St Ann to show their love and pay their last respects to the reggae legend.
  • The Government of Jamaica, led by then Prime Minister Edward Seaga, came up with the idea to build a national shrine in honour of Jamaicans who brought international acclaim to the nation in the fields of sports, science and culture, and for the establishment of Jamaica Park, as a result of Marley’s death. Marley’s statue was to be the first to grace the park.

Epitaph for Bob Marley

The following poem, authored by Lewis Nkosi of the University of Zambia, was published on June 27, 1981 in the Gleaner:

The Mausoleum (under construction at the time)

Newspaper articles on Bob Marley’s funeral

(For full stories, you can contact The Gleaner’s archives):

Opinion piece of June 27, 1981
Editorial of May 25, 1981