Jamaican musician Aston Barrett, the bassist, and bandleader of Bob Marley and the Wailers, has passed away after a prolonged illness. His death marks the end of an era for one of the most influential and respected figures in the history of reggae music. Barrett served as a mentor to numerous Jamaican artists, leaving an indelible mark on the music community.
His distinctive style of playing earned him the title of the “Architect of Reggae.” Now, as we reflect on the life and legacy of Aston Barrett, many are eager to learn more about the circumstances surrounding his passing, the cause of death, the obituary details, and any plans for his funeral.
Who was Aston Barrett?
Aston Barrett, born in Kingston, Jamaica, on November 22, 1946, passed away at the age of 77 on February 3, 2024. His son, Aston Barrett Jr., announced the news of his death. Aston succumbed to a prolonged illness at the University of Miami Hospital in Florida.
Upon hearing the news of Aston’s demise, his family members, friends, and the music community mourned.
On his social media, Barrett Jr. wrote, “With the heaviest of hearts, we share the news of the passing of our beloved Aston ‘Familyman’ Barrett after a long medical battle. This morning, the world lost not just an iconic musician and the backbone of The Wailers but a remarkable human being whose legacy is as immense as his talent.”
Astoncommenced his musical journey as a singer before transitioning to the bass guitar. He constructed his inaugural bass using plywood, a curtain rod, and an ashtray. Developing a unique playing style, he coined it the “Architect of Reggae.”
In 1969, Barrett joined the Wailers, alongside his brother Carlton on drums. They collaborated with other reggae luminaries like Lee “Scratch” Perry, Peter Tosh, and Burning Spear.
Remaining with the Wailers until Bob Marley died in 1981, Aston continued touring and recording with various iterations of the band. Additionally, he mentored emerging musicians, including Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, and his son, Aston Barrett Jr.
Aston Barrett Cause of Death
The cause of Aston Barrett’s death to a rare form of cancer after a prolonged illness.
Obituary and Funeral Plans
Aston Barrett’s obituary and funeral plans will released by the family at a later date.