How Majek Fashek died

Nigeria’s biggest reggae act, Majek Fashek passed on at the age of 57 in New York, yesterday.

The performer, popular for hits such as Send Down the Rain and So Long for Too Long, died in his sleep in New York, his manager Omenka Uzoma told the BBC.

Omenka’s statement did not state if the popular musician died at home or in a medicare facility.

In a post on Instagram, Mr Uzoma said it was “a time for us all to celebrate his achievements, and not mourn”.

The musician, whose real name was Majekodunmi Fasheke, also worked with stars like Jimmy Cliff, Tracy Chapman and Snoop Dogg.

Majek Fashek has been ill for some time but the cause of his death is not clear. At a point, he returned to Nigeria for rehabilitation over drug-related problems but the efforts yielded little or no results.

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