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“Peetah” Morgan, lead singer of prominent reggae band Morgan Heritage, dies at age 46

By The Associated Press on February 25, 2024.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Peter Anthony Morgan, lead singer of the popular reggae band Morgan Heritage that he founded with five siblings, dies Sunday at age 46, his family announced.

In a statement posted Sunday on social media, the family asked for privacy and thanked people in advance for their love and support. The announcement did not share a cause of death.

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness wrote on X, formerly Twitter, that his “heart is heavy” over the news. He called Morgan’s death a “colossal loss” for Jamaica and reggae music.

Morgan, known as “Peetah,” was a son of renowned Jamaican reggae singer Denroy Morgan.

He and his siblings formed Morgan Heritage in 1994, and the band won a Grammy for best reggae album in 2016 for “Strictly Roots.”

One of his brothers, Roy “Gramps” Morgan, moved to Tennessee, where he aimed to introduce Nashville to reggae.

“If you follow reggae music and country music, it’s a lot of storytelling,” Morgan told The Associated Press in 2018. “In reggae we tell the story of people suffering.”

The other siblings who helped found the band were Una Morgan, Nakhamyah “Lukes” Morgan and Memmalatel “Mr. Mojo” Morgan.

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