26 Oct 2010

Reggae's Cool Ruler Gregory Isaacs dies

8:17 pm on 26 October 2010

Gregory Isaacs, the Jamaican reggae singer whose smooth style earned him the nickname Cool Ruler, has died. He was 59.

The BBC reports that Isaacs died at his London home on Monday surrounded by his family. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1951, Isaacs began recording in his teens.

With his sinuous baritone and romantic songs, he became a leading proponent of the mellow Lovers Rock style of reggae.

Isaacs was best known for the title song from his 1982 album Night Nurse.