John Holt has sadly passed away aged 69.
The former lead singer of The Paragons, who was perhaps best known for penning the hit The Tide Is High, died in a London hospital on Sunday.
His manager, Copeland Forbes, confirmed the news to Jamaica Observer Online.
He said: “John died at 2:40am English time. His [John’s] nephew informed [us] of his death.”
The cause of death is unknown.
John was born in the Greenwich Farm area of Jamaica and found fame in 1964 when he replaced original frontman Leroy Stamp in The Paragons.
His 1967 tune The Tide Is High was later covered by acts such as Blondie and Atomic Kitten.
During his time with the group he also wrote several other big hits including I See Your Face, Tonight, and Wear You To The Ball.
After leaving the band he enjoyed a successful solo career and continued to perform for many decades.
Friends and fans have since flocked to Twitter to pay homage to the popular reggae artist.
She wrote: “After leaning of John Holt’s death earlier, I now learn that the wonderfully warm Lynda Bellingham has succumbed to cancer. Gutted. RIP.”
The cause of death is still unknown.