Cocoa Tea Is Alive; Family Debunks Death Rumours

Last Updated on January 5, 2024, 9:45 am

Reggae Artist Cocoa Tea Family is asking for prayers.

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Cocoa Tea (image via Facebook)

The family of reggae artist Cocoa Tea has addressed his death rumors and confirmed that he is alive and is currently hospitalized. On Thursday, a rumor was shared online that the renowned artist had passed away.

What happened to Cocoa Tea?

Rumors of Cocoa Tea’s passing have been circulating the Internet since last October. Between the end of December and the beginning of the New Year, someone posted online that he had died on Thursday. His family addressed the rumors, assured his fans that he was alive, and asked for prayers.
His wife, Malvia Scott, spoke with a local news magazine and confirmed that he is alive.

“Yes, Cocoa Tea is in Hospital, but he is very much alive,” she said. She did not share any details on his condition or why he was hospitalized. There have been reports that he has been struggling with his health since last October.

Last week, an online hoax surfaced claiming that he had died. However, his wife requests his fans for prayers. She also expressed a desire to respect the family’s privacy.

“As a family, we are asking everybody for prayers and we are also privacy at this time,” she said.

Cocoa Tea, who is a resident of Florida, is currently hospitalized in the Sunshine State.

Who is Cocoa Tea?

Cocoa Tea, born Colvin George Scott on September 3, 1959, in Rocky Point, Clarendon, is a Jamaican reggae singer and songwriter. He is a child prodigy and released his first song, “Searching In the Hills,” in 1974 when he was only 14 years old.

He gained widespread recognition and appreciation with his famous song “Rikers Island,” which was put into raga version by Nardo Ranks and titled “Me No Like Rikers Island.” He also became famous when he released his 2008 song “Barack Obama” in support of the US presidential candidate. His other popular songs include “Young Lover” and “Jah Made That Way” from the 1984 album Rocking Dolly, which is believed to be an intersection between Michael Jackson’s Human Nature and Dillinger’s Answer Mi Question.

He started the annual New Year’s Eve event Dancehall Jam Jam in 2003. It ran until 2009, with plans to resurrect in 2015. He worked with many notable reggae labels, including VP Records, Greensleeves Records, and Ras Records and started his own Roaring Lion label in 2000.


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