cedric brooks*Cedric Brooks, the noted Jamaican saxophonist, has died of cardiac arrest in New York.

According to his sister he had been seriously ill from diabetes for 3 years. He was 70.

Paulette Keise informed the Jamaica Observer that her brother, a well noted Reggae musician, passed away on Friday.

Keise said Brooks had been unable to speak for the last three years, with his communication restricted to nodding his head and eye movement, the newspaper reported.

Brooks, who learned to play the saxophone at the Alpha Boys’ School in Kingston, collaborated with many other artists, such as Count Ossie in the 1970s, and led his own band, Light of Saba. He was touring with the ska band The Skatalites when he fell ill.

“Cedric came up during the dying days of the horn-driven band, so he had to find a new expression. The result was, he came

up with a sound that was singular,” said Herbie Miller, curator of the Jamaica Music Museum.

Cedric Brooks is survived by seven children and four sisters.