Robbie Shakespeare, bass player of influential reggae rhythm duo Sly and Robbie, dies aged 68

Robbie Shakespeare
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Robbie Shakespeare – who together with drummer Sly Dunbar made up one of the world's most sought-after rhythm sections, Sly and Robbie – has died aged 68.

The bassist passed away in Florida where he had recently been in hospital for kidney surgery, the Jamaica Gleaner reports. 

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.