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Kenny J Dies From Covid-19. Anti-Vaxxers Fueled.

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Despite his efforts to influence the population in Trinidad and Tobago to follow the advice of health professionals and get vaccinated, Soca Parang icon, Kenwrick Jospeh- best known as Kenny J, succumbed to Covid-19 on Sunday.

His daughter confirmed that he had been hospitalized for approximately two weeks at the Augustus Long hospital, despite being fully vaccinated. A campaign, designed by the health ministry to encourage Trinidad and Tobago’s citizens to vaccinate themselves, heard Kenny endorsing the message and speaking of his desire to protect himself.

Upon news of his passing, those against the shot immediately sought to point out the fact that he had been a part of government’s mass media campaign. The 69-year-old, who was a former police officer and a major part of Trinidad and Tobago’s culture, had performed at safe zone events during the Christmas season. Radio personality and entertainer, Jerome ‘Rome’ Priscilla who considered the ‘Alexander’ singer, a mentor, said the fraternity has lost a legend. “I am in tears while I type this. He always had a stale joke to give me , always laughing , always joking around . Grew up listening to his music and admired the skill in his writing . I took a lot of notes from him and he was always there to give me advice,” he wrote on social media.

Fellow calypsonian and Soca parang icon, Edwin ‘Crazy’ Ayoung paid homage to his friend, saying, “Kenny J will live on forever. He was a true friend and I will surely miss him.”

Kenny J’s death came on the heels of the death of veteran calypsonian Bomber, whose real name was Clifton Ryan. He died on New Years Day at the age of 93.

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