TDIM - Bob Marley collapsed while jogging in New York's Central Park - 21st Sept
September 21, 2013 @ 16:14 pm
Bob Marley collapsed while jogging in New York's Central Park
Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer and songwriter who achieved international fame through a series of crossover reggae albums. He started building up his career in the year 1963 with the group the Wailers, he then forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. The Wailers would go on to release some of the earliest reggae records with producer Lee Scratch Perry. After the Wailers disbanded in 1974, Marley pursued a solo career which culminated in the release of the album Exodus in 1977 which established his worldwide reputation. He was a committed Rastafarian who infused his music with a profound sense of spirituality.
Bob Marley’s Uprising Tour was a concert tour organized to support his album Uprising by Bob Marley & the Wailers. Sadly it was Marley's last tour and the biggest music tour of Europe in that year.
The tour started at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, where Marley performed for the first time, on 30th of May 1980, and ended at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 23, 1980, which was Marley's last concert. Two days prior to the Pittsburgh show, after playing two shows at the Madison Square Garden, Marley collapsed while jogging in Central park. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor and was given less than a month to live by doctors. Despite the horrible news, Marley played one final show in Pittsburgh before being flown to Miami. Marley went to a few treatment clinics in the United States, Boston, New York and Miami. Every place he visited only gave him the sad news that he would only last for a month. The doctors verified that the singer had cancer in the brain, lungs and stomach. On hearing this, Marley then left for Germany to receive cancer treatment which eventually was not successful but prolonged his life 6 months more than any medical clinic in the United States predicted, as Marley passed away in May 1981.
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