According to South Florida radio station WZPP, JOSEPH “Jo Mersa” Marley, the son of Stephen Marley and the grandson of Bob Marley, passed away on Tuesday after allegedly having an asthma attack.
The 31-year-old was allegedly discovered unconscious in his automobile at an unnamed American location.
Journalist Abka Fitz-Henley originally tweeted about Jo Mersa’s passing; according to WZPP Radio, the musician was “discovered in his vehicle.” His reason for death hasn’t been made public yet.
Jo Mersa, who was born in Jamaica in 1991, reportedly relocated to Miami when he was 11 years old. Before enrolling at Miami Dade College to study studio engineering, he attended Palmetto High School. Jo Mersa, one of the 11 offspring of the late reggae musician Bob, was introduced to music at a young age while being nurtured by his father Stephen, 50.
I am deeply saddened by the news that artiste Joseph Marley, son of Reggae star, Stephen Marley and grand son of Reggae super star, Bob Marley has died.— Hon.Olivia Grange (@Babsy_grange) December 27, 2022
We were graced by Joseph,whose stage name was Jo Mersa, performing at our Jamaica 60 Launch in Miramar, Florida, USA in May. pic.twitter.com/6DyHkYcNsI
I’ve just learned of the tragic loss of Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley. A talented young reggae artiste, son of Stephen Marley & grandson of Bob Marley at only 31 yrs old. The loss of a child is a devastating blow no parent should face, my condolences to Stephen & the entire family. pic.twitter.com/BJf1NLH6Qc— Mark J. Golding (@MarkJGolding) December 27, 2022
Joseph Mersa Marley lived in Jamaica early in life and attended Saints Peter and Paul Preparatory School.
After that, he relocated to Florida and enrolled at Palmetto High School. He majored in studio engineering while attending Miami Dade College.
Jo Mersa started writing music in middle school, and in 2010, he and his cousin Daniel Bambaata Marley released their debut song, “My Girl.” Jo Mersa released his debut EP, Comfortable, in 2014. Eternal, his second EP, was published last year.