Joseph "Jo Mersa" Marley, the grandson of reggae icon Bob Marley and son of Grammy-winning musician Stephen Marley, has died at the age of 31, according to a representative for Marley who spoke to Rolling Stone. The cause of death has not been disclosed. Marley's passing was first reported on Twitter by journalist Abka Fitz-Henley based in Jamaica.
Marley was born in Jamaica in 1991 and moved to Miami, Florida at the age of 11. He grew up in a musical family and began writing his own music at a young age. He later attended Miami Dade College, where he studied studio engineering. Marley released his first official song, "My Girl," in 2010, and dropped his debut solo EP, "Comfortable," in 2014. In 2016, he collaborated with his father on the song "Revelation Party," which appeared on Stephen's album "Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life." His most recent project, "Eternal," was released in 2021.
Marley's passing has been mourned by many, including Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Jamaican opposition leader and president of the People's National Party, Mark Golding. "May he find Eternal Peace as we mourn his loss during this season of goodwill when we celebrate with family and friends our love for each other," Holness wrote on Twitter. Golding added, "The loss of a child is a devastating blow no parent should face, my condolences to Stephen & the entire family."