The family of iconic Jamaican bass player Robert Warrendale Shakespeare, O.D, popularly known as “Robbie” of the musical duo “Sly & Robbie” is confirming his untimely passing.
In a statement released this morning (Thurs), the family noted that Shakespeare died yesterday (Wed) in Miami, Florida.
He was regarded as one of the world’s most celebrated and talented bassist with a long list of legendary accomplishments.
Shakespeare was one of the “Rhythm Twins”, alongside the equally legendary Sly Dunbar.
The family said they are appreciative of the many fans and well-wishers who have reached out to express their condolences.
However, their wish at this time is quiet solitude as they try to come to grips with this loss.
Meanwhile, legendary musician, Lowell “Sly” Dunbar is mourning the loss of the other side of the “Rhythm Twins” with the passing of Robert “Robbie” Shakespeare.
The celebrated drummer in a statement said “I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and musical partner Robbie Shakespeare who passed away on 8 December 2021. The world has lost a great and talented musician. The musical chemistry we had was just simply amazing. It is going to be very hard, if not impossible to even imagine that “Sly and Robbie” will be a thing of the past. But I am comforted by the many pleasant memories he has left behind. Rest In peace my brother”.