Ska great Rico Rodriguez dead at 80

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rico-rodriguez.jpgSka and reggae trombonist Rico Rodriguez better known as Rico has died at the age of 80.

He died on Friday following a short stay in hospital.

Rico who was one of the early musicians who helped to set the foundation will be missed.

Rico Roddriguez was known as one of the first and most distinguished Ska artists.

He was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) at Buckingham Palace on July 12, 2007, for services to music. In October 2012 he was awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica in recognition of his contribution to Jamaican music.