Yvonne Sterling, the Jamaican reggae singer, died in hospital on Jan. 18 after suffering a stroke two weeks ago. The singer, 64, was receiving treatment at Kingston Public Hospital.
Tamara Harrison, Sterling’s niece, confirmed the news and said the family was hopeful that Sterling would recover.
“It’s really sad for the family. Just as she a get a little support and turnaround for her life, this happen,” Harrison said.
Sterling’s home was severely flooded due to heavy rains from Hurricane Eta in late 2020. The Jamaican and international communities rallied to help the singer, and she moved into a new home.
Her career also enjoyed new success when she recorded and shot the music video for “Thank You, Lord” with Richie Stephens and Little Lenny in December.
Sterling began singing in the 1970s and is best known for her songs “Oh Jah” and “If You Love Me.” She also had a popular single with Dennis Brown titled “There’s A Reward.”
In a recent interview, Sterling said, “The happiest time in my life really is when I am working in the studio or when I am onstage doing live performances.”
“So these things happening to me now, it’s going to make a big difference in my life, I am not just thinking about the money that I will earn, but I am saying my whole life will be happier.”
SOURCES: JAMAICA-GLEANER.COM, LOOPJAMAICA.COM, URBANISLANDZ.COM