31st Anniversary of a Legend's Death

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Thirty one years ago, the world lost a great man - Reggae legend Bob Marley.

Marley passed away on May 11 1981 in Miami from cancer. He was 36 years old. His music has moved people and started movements, and he's constantly reminded us all that "one good thing about music, when it hits, you feel no pain."

Today marks the 31st anniversary of the death of a true musical pioneer, a man whose impact transcended class, race and culture all over the world. The reggae legend inspired an almost spiritual following among a diverse set of believers. Marley was an everyman, a gentle soul and a revolutionary. Many have identified with his humble upbringing in the tiny island of Jamaica, the Pan-African beliefs stemming from his Rastafarian faith, and his advocacy of social justice. When he penned politically charged songs like "I Shot the Sheriff" and "Get Up Stand Up," they resonated as far more than mere recordings. They were calls to action.

Many of Marley's greatest and most recognizable hits came with the Wailers including Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer who grew up beside him.

Ultimately, it was Marley's penchant for social justice that made him an identifiable superstar.

Marley's living legacies - his children, continue to build and propel brand Marley worldwide. Three decades after Bob Marley's death, his legacy will continue to resonate for years to come.

Videos of live performances of Bob Marley