Monday, October 25, 2010

Gregory Isaacs 'The Cool Ruler' dies at age 59

The Reggae Review family would like to express our heartfelt sympathies to the family, friends, and fans of The Cool Ruler who passed away this morning at his home in London after a lengthy battle with cancer. His family was with him until the end. Isaacs had been diagnosed with liver cancer a year ago and the illness subsequently spread across the rest of his body.

His wife, Linda, said in a statement, "Gregory was well-loved by everyone, his fans and his family, and he worked really hard to make sure he delivered the music they loved and enjoyed. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends."

A prolific recording artist, it is estimated that Issacs had released over 50 albums since the start of his career and his last album, 'Isaacs Meets Isaac,' a collaboration with singer King Isaac, was released in 2010.

Gregory Isaacs was in a class by himself. His works will forever be considered some of the finest reggae music ever produced. The Cool Ruler will be sorely missed!


  1. The Cool Ruler, never deceiving always nice. Gregory Isaacs did put the right mood for the reggae lovers and will be on top of every lovers favorites singer.

    Here's a Tribute mix

    R.I.P. "Lover's Rock 'till Infinity"

  2. I only recently became aware of the passing of the Lonely lover now in 2020,I was wondering why he had stopped releasing music especially for such a prolific artist, I 1st became aware of Gregory in 1982 when I purchased Night Nurse when it was 1st released and was shocked to learn he lived in Harrow Weald with his wife Judy at the time of his passing as I lived there myself in 1979/80 when I 1st came to the UK with my 1st wife Geraldine from our home in Ireland.It's a small world.

  3. PS Over the years I/we enjoyed listening to the many albums by Gregory we have collected, Another irony is Gregory was 59 when he passed the same age that I am now, I moved back to Ireland in 2009 so I have been out of touch with developments in the music scene. I will forever remember Gregory as probably the 1st of many Reggae artists I came to like over the years.