Late reggae icon Peter Tosh receives Jamaica honor

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s government is honoring firebrand reggae star Peter Tosh 25 years after his murder.

Tosh’s daughter Niambe received the posthumous “order of merit” on Monday for her father’s musical contributions during a national awards ceremony. It’s Jamaica’s third-highest honor.

Tosh is one of Jamaica’s musical giants. He was a founding member of the Wailers, forming the three-man core of the group with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. Tosh left the band in 1973.

His solo albums and his work with the Wailers helped make reggae known internationally.

The outspoken Tosh was known for denouncing apartheid and calling for the legalization of marijuana. Fans say the lanky, baritone singer and guitarist was a mesmerizing performer.

Tosh was killed in 1987 by robbers. He was 42.

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