Mighty Diamonds singer Fitzroy ‘Bunny Diamond’ Simpson died at an undisclosed hospital this morning after a long battle with diabetes, four days after reggae group lead singer Donald ‘Tabby Diamond’ Shaw, was killed,
Bunny Diamond was 70 years old.
“I can’t deal with it… it’s hard. The second of the mighty diamonds died in four days. He passed away in the hospital this morning, he had been ill for some time,” said The Jamaica Association of Vintage Artists and Affiliates (JAVAA) President Frankie Campbell confirmed dance hallMag,
“It’s a tough thing to lose Tabby and Bunny so close together,” Campbell said.
“The loss of another Mighty Diamonds member Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Simpson is devastating, the same week as the group’s leader, Donald ‘Tabby’ Shaw, who was killed on Monday night, March 28,” said Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and game, Olivia ‘Baby’ Grange said in a release.
“My deepest sympathies go out to the Ronces, his other daughters, Gillian and Rosemary; and to his sons Dillian, Omar and Allen, and of course to the rest of Diamond, Lloyd ‘Judge’ Ferguson, who, along with Tabby and Bunny, of the Mighty Diamond. formed. I also extend my sympathies to his friends and colleagues in the music fraternity,” Grange said.
Simpson suffered a minor stroke while driving in Kingston on October 26, 2015, his wife, Sylvia, revealed. He was reportedly battling diabetes for several years.
Donald ‘Tabby Diamond’ Shaw was one of two people killed in a drive-by gun attack on McKinley Crescent in Kingston earlier this week. He was the lead vocalist of Mighty Diamonds, with Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Simpson and ‘Lloyd’ Judge Ferguson providing harmony vocals.
Following Tabby’s death on Tuesday night, the judge—now the only surviving member of the group—revealed dance hallMag That he had not slept through the night hearing the news.
“Tabby was one of the great soul singers we toured the world together, he will be greatly missed,” Ferguson said.
“We were planning to tour Europe, the Caribbean and Africa, we were doing our 47th album, plus we had two more albums for other producers… I don’t know what’s going to happen next.”
The Mighty Diamonds had a strong Rastafarian influence. The group was formed in 1969 and remained together until 2012. They are best known for their debut album right time and is known for songs like I want a roof, right time And Pass the Cauchy.
Tabby, Bunny and Judge have released over forty albums in their long careers. Their effortless harmonies and choreographed stage shows were inspired by 1960s Motown vocal groups, The Temptations, The Impressions, as well as Jamaican rock stable artists, John Holt and Ken Booth.
The Mighty Diamonds have received many local and international accolades. The group was awarded the Order of Distinction in the Officer Class in 2021 on the 59th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence.
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