Headley Bennett, a saxophonist who played on Bob Marley's first musical release, has died aged 85.
Bennett's daughter Carol confirmed to editors at the Associated Press that her father died on Sunday (21Aug16) having been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.
As a 16-year-old, Bennett played on the 1962 debut track Judge Not from Bob Marley, who died aged 36 in 1981 after battling cancer.
Remarkably Bennett also performed on the first hit by another Jamaican reggae superstar, having played on Jimmy Cliff's song Hurricane Hattie. He also featured on songs by a number of other top reggae artists including Bunny Wailer and Gregory Isaacs.
The Jamaican was awarded the order of distinction, one of his homeland's highest honours, by the Jamaican government in 2005.
Bennett is survived by a brother, two children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.