Friday, 17 October 2008

Reggae Star Alton Ellis Dies Aged 70

The Jamaican-born singer and Reggae star Alton Ellis has died at the age of 70.

Known as "the Godfather of rocksteady" Ellis moved to Britain in the 1970's. He was one of the founders and pioneers of the more laid-back "rocksteady" sound, which came out of Jamaica in the 1960's, with well known hits including I'm Still In Love and I'm Just A Guy.

Frontman of vocal group The Flames, Alton Ellis began his career in the 1950s and has become a legend in the world of reggae.

Diagnosed with cancer in 2007, Ellis underwent chemotherapy before returning to the stage, still performing in August this year.

His manager and agent Trish De Rosa has announced that the Jamaican authorities are considering giving him a state funeral.

She described Ellis as "my guiding star and my inspiration."

Ellis died in London Hammersmith hospital on Friday 10th October, leaving more than 20 children.

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