Veteran Reggae singer and patriarch of the Morgan Heritage Band, Denroy Morgan has died.
The family announced news of his passing on Friday morning (March 4) via social media. Music News understands that Denroy Morgan died on Thursday night surrounded by family.
The cause of his death has not been revealed.
Both Gramps and Mojo Morgan along with the Morgan Heritage Band shared to their official Instagram pages a statement released by the Morgan family that reads, “It is out of our sincere love that we share that our beloved father and patriarch, The Honourable Ras Denroy Morgan, has ascended. Daddy has been our light, our source of love and joy all our lives. Our family thanks you in advance for your overwhelming love and support, and we ask for your continued prayers as we go through this process. We also ask that you respect our privacy during this time of healing.”
Born in May Pen, Clarendon, Denroy Morgan migrated to the United States in 1965 at the age of 19. He was part of the formation of the Black Eagles, a New York City reggae band in the 1970s, before launching his solo career in the 1980s.
In 1981, Denroy Morgan released his Billboard chart-topping hit I’ll Do Anything For You and an album of the same name.
By 1984 he broke records becoming the first reggae artist to be signed to RCA Records. That deal led to the release of the reggae album Make My Day.
Denroy Morgan is sometimes hailed as the “king” of spiritual reggae, having created a family legacy of musical superstars who have carried Jamaican music and spirituality around the world.
In 2017, Denroy Morgan received the Key to the City of Brooklyn, New York.
Last year, he released his first book, From the Cross to the Throne, a novel that explores Rastafari, the religion, and Rasta ‘livity’.
Denroy Morgan is survived by his widow Hyacinth Morgan, his 30 children, 104 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was 76.