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Reggae great Cedric Brooks dead at 70

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May 05, 2013 | 4:50pm EDT

Jamaican roots reggae stalwart Cedric Brooks has died after a long battle with diabetes. The Jamaican saxophone player was 70 when he passed away on Friday (03May13) at a New York hospital. Brooks began his music career in the late 1960s as a studio musician and performed with Burning Spear and trumpet player David Madden. He was also a member of ska supergroup The Skatalites.

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