On Monday 11 May 1981 musician and songwriter Bob Marley (b. Robert Nesta Marley, 1945) died at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, USA. He was 36 years old.
Marley had been receiving treatment for cancer in a clinic in Germany since September 1980, but had decided to return home to Jamaica as the treatment had been without success after eight months. The plane taking him back was forced to land in Miami for hospital treatment as his condition drastically worsened.
Marley is now considered one of the most influential musicians of all time and is credited with popularizing reggae music worldwide, and for serving as a symbol of Jamaican culture and identity.