Jamaican reggae icon Gregory Isaacs , popularly known as the “Cool Ruler”, died this morning  at this home in London, after a long battle with cancer. Possessing one of the most soulful voices in the reggae genre, Isaacs was probably best known for his song “Night Nurse” (from the 1982 album  of the same name). The Jamaican blogosphere  has been active upon hearing news of his death , as have been social media sites like Twitter  and Facebook , with fans paying tribute to his life and music.
Gregory Isaacs singing Night Nurse; video from YouTube .
On the Ground News Reports‘ Facebook status, which is copied to the group's Twitter account , posts this update:
YardFlex.com  calls Isaacs “a true Jamaican icon”, saying:
He has done a lot in waving the reggae flag. We wish his family, friends and fans the strength to go through this difficult time.
Antilles , the blog of The Caribbean Review of Books, notes that:
Isaacs was once described  as “the most exquisite vocalist in reggae, his pliable baritone equally at ease with silken ballads and slinky dance grooves.”
The Wickedest Time  finds it hard to say goodbye:
It's so sad for me to announce that another reggae icon has left us this morning at the age of 59. It's always a sad day when you lose greatness and we, his fans, feel it too.
Reggae music lost another legend. Rest Peacefully Gregory Isaacs, we love you!