Saturday 5 December, 2020

Former Third World musician Irwin 'Carrot' Jarrett dies

Irwin "Carrot" Jarrett (PHOTO: Facebook)

Irwin "Carrot" Jarrett (PHOTO: Facebook)

Former Third World musician Irwin "Carrot" Jarrett passed away suddenly on Tuesday morning.

Reports are that the Third World musician did his usual exercise in the morning and then went to his home office, before being discovered slumped over and unconscious.

He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Jarrett was a veteran percussionist with considerable concert and television production experience when he joined Third World in 1973 after it was founded by Stephen "Cat" Coore and Michael "Ibo" Cooper.

Music industry insiders reacted in shock at Jarrett’s sudden passing.

“It really shake me up because he was a health freak, always giving tips about healthy lifestyles and eating. This one is really hard because he has been a good friend from way back when, it’s like losing a family member, he helped a lot of people,” Frankie Campbell of the Fab Five band told Loop Jamaica reporter Claude Mills.

“It’s rough fya. Rough! We have lost six musicians in the last six weeks , Suzanne Couch, bass player Larry Silvera, Neville Reynolds, trombonist Ron Wilson, a member of the Jays. Since 2008, the music fraternity has lost a lot of people.

"More than 100 top musicians and artistes have died over the last 10 years," he said.

Among the notable Jamaican musicians who have died over the last decade are Alton Ellis, Gregory Isaacs, John Holt, Byron Lee, Bunny Rugs, Frankie Paul and Sonny Bradshaw.

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