Jamaican Reggae artiste and icon, Frankie Paul died at the University Hospital of West Indies (UHWI) at 10:00 pm last night. He was 52 years old and suffering from kidney problems.

Paul was admitted to the hospital in April due to kidney problems and was on dialysis twice weekly. He was receiving monetary assistance from friends for his hospital bill of $1.5 million dollars.

Paul, born in Jamaica as Paul Blake in 1965, moved to the African nation of Gambia in 1994. He was blind from birth and spent his early life at the Salvation Army School for the Blind. While there he met American RnB singer Stevie Wonder, who was in Kingston for a show at the National Stadium in the 1970s. Wonder urged him to become a professional singer. Like Wonder, Paul also played a number of instruments including the keyboard.
He was a major dancehall/reggae star of the 1980s and 1990s with hits like “Worries In the Dance”, “Pass the Tu ShEng Peng”, “Tidal Wave”, “Cassanova” and “Sarah”.