Bob Marley’s grandson Jo Mersa Marley dies at 31
The grandson of Bob Marley and Stephen Marley’s son, Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley, has died at the young age of 31.
The Reggae artist’s representative confirmed his death to on Tuesday but a cause of death was not immediately disclosed.
Joseph Marley followed in his family’s musical footsteps, taking the stage with his family’s band, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. He began writing music when in middle school and made his musical debut in 2010 with the release of the single “My Girl,” on which he collaborated with his cousin Daniel Bambaata Marley. In 2016, he collaborated on a song with his father for the latter’s album “Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life.”
Born in Jamaica and raised in Miami, Joseph Marley grew up with his musician father and surrounded by Bob Marley’s other children, including uncle Ziggy and aunts Sharon and Cadella.
He spoke of how music enveloped his upbringing “I would come home and try to do homework, but I’d end up getting distracted and go peek in the studio. You would always want to run in and run out to see what was going on.”
He was intent on creating his own path, and released his own debut album “Eternal” in 2021. He had studied studio engineering at Miami Dade College.