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Reggae singer Junior Murvin dies in Jamaica

Monday - 12/2/2013, 5:27pm  ET

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Reggae singer Junior Murvin, best known for the hit song "Police and Thieves," has died in Jamaica.

Son Keith Smith says the 67-year-old performer died at Port Antonio Hospital on Monday. He had been hospitalized recently for diabetes and high blood pressure but the cause of death will be determined at an inquest.

Born Murvin Smith, he began his career as a lounge singer in Portland parish, east of Kingston. He released "Police and Thieves" in 1976 after he was picked up by famed reggae producer Lee "Scratch" Perry.

"Police and Thieves" became a hit in Britain and is considered among the top reggae songs. The Clash recorded a well-known cover version.

Murvin never had another big international hit.

He is survived by five children and eight grandchildren.


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