*As we’ve previously reported, singer Johnny Kemp who was supposed to perform on the 2015 Tom Joyner/Fantastic Voyage Cruise Friday night, was instead found dead on the beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica sometime Thursday.
Specifically Kemp, 55, was to do a surprise appearance/performance with Teddy Riley, 47, Friday night, but obviously that didn’t happen. However, Riley paid tribute Kemp during his concert on the 2015 Fantastic Voyage.
Before honoring his friend’s life through music, Riley spoke about Kemp for a couple of minutes, saying:
“There’s one thing that I want to tell everybody here. There was another surprise that was supposed to been here with us tonight. And he [Johnny Kemp] came all the way because this is what he wanted. He said to me, ‘lil’ brother, I’ma make it. I don’t really want to make it but I’m gonna make it, I’ma be there.’ His last text to me was, ‘See you in a minute, we are going to have a lot of fun.’ And he got here, he got to Jamaica. When he got to Jamaica he was stopped and it was only because of a few words that he said that revoked him from getting on this ship.”
Riley also added:
“And I feel really bad because he went out doing something and making the attempt to do what he was born to do. He’s a star, now he’s a star with our God. He’s resting in paradise right now.”