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Marley To Be Reburied in Ethiopia

13 January 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Reggae legend Bob Marley's widow wants to exhume the late singer's remains in Jamaica and lay him to rest in Ethiopia, his "spiritual resting place". Rita Marley wants the reburial to take place as part of a month-long celebration of what would be Marley's 60th birthday next month. Marley died of cancer in 1981, aged 46, and was buried near his birthplace of St Ann, Jamaica. But Rita wants her husband to be buried in Shashere, south of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, where a large Rastafarian community has existed since they were given land there by the country's last emperor, Haile Selassie - who became the head of the Rastafarian movement. She claims she has the backing of the Ethiopian Government and church officials, and is carrying out Marley's own mission. Rita says, "We are working on bringing his remains to Ethiopia. It is part of Bob's own mission. Bob's whole life is about Africa, it is not about Jamaica. How can you give up a continent for an island? He has a right for his remains to be where he would love them to be. This was his mission. Ethiopia is his spiritual resting place. With the 60th anniversary this year, the impact is there and the time is right." »

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