Last Updated on October 14, 2023, 9:26 am
Michael Cooper, the founding member of reggae band Third World, lost his battle with cancer.
Michael “Ibo” Cooper, a founding Jamaican reggae band ‘Third World’ member, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2023. He was 71 years old.
Who was Michael “Ibo” Cooper?
Michael Ibo Cooper was born in Clarendon, Jamaica, on January 14, 1952. He is also known as Kingsley Michael Cooper. He was a Jamaican reggae musician and music educator. His instrument was a keyboard. He was a member of the pop band Inner Circle. He was a keyboardist in the group from 1968 to 1973.
He founded the reggae band Third World with a few Inner Circle members in 1973. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1976, and their most recent album was released in 2019, named ‘More Work To Be Done.’ The group released 22 albums over the years and gained popularity with their singles ‘Duppy Gunman,’ ‘Jah Music,’ and ‘We a Rockers.’
In later years, he associated himself with an education career. He taught as head of the Caribbean, Latin American, and Jazz at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica.
What happened to Michael Cooper?
He passed away after a brief illness on October 12, 2023. He was diagnosed with cancer. He had been battling with the disease for some time. He lost his battle with cancer and died at 71. His death has cast a sombre cloud over the reggae music community. Several community members have paid tributes to the late musician on social media. They have shared their fondest memories of him and offered their condolences to the surviving family.
Was Michael Cooper married?
He was married to his longtime wife, Althea Joy Atkinson Cooper. He was the father of four children: Arif, Arianne, Abean, and Akiri. Michael kept his personal life private. His wife Joy had passed away only weeks before his death.
Earlier this year, his son, Arif Cooper, had died unexpectedly on March 5, 2023. According to a local news magazine, he collapsed while working at a party organized by the Police Officers Club in St. Andrew. Arif was a DJ by profession and was active in the 90s. he also worked as a producer and writer for Sean Paul and Beenie Man.
What was Michael Ibo Cooper’s Net Worth?
Michael Cooper was a famous and successful musician. He worked on 22 albums and wrote music for famous artists such as Sean Paul. He also worked as an educator at a prestigious performing Arts School. His lifelong hard work and dedication in the music industry as a musician and educator earned him significant wealth. His successful career garnered him worldwide popularity and a Net Worth of over $40 million dollars.
Obituary and funeral
His family will release an obituary and provide memorial service details later.
We offer our heartiest condolences to the family and friends. May he rest in peace.
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