Dancehall veteran Beenie Man returned to Instagram on Wednesday morning to thank his followers for their condolences following the death of his mother, Lilieth Sewell, on September 10.
“To all my fans and well-wishers, thank you for sending out all the condolences and especially to my co-workers, all the entertainers… I really do apprecilove it and my family do apprecilove it,” he said in a video post.
Sewell, who was affectionately known as Mama Lilieth, passed after trying to recover from a series of strokes. After the news broke, ‘The Doctor’ deleted all content from his Instagram account.
The Street Life deejay said he has been trying to stay strong since his mother’s transition but is comforted by her Christian beliefs.
“We got to hold on and we got to be that person for all the family to realise that our mom’s in heaven with the Almighty Father weh she pray to every day, dat she support every day cause my mother is a Christian so she believe in Jesus Christ and heaven and all these things,” he said. “She’s in heaven with Jesus Christ right now, so all we have to do is pray for we to be stronger so we can move on with life and mek sure we tek care a di family so thank you for loving my moms, thank you for showing respect to my moms and thank you for all your well-wishes.”
Though he’s usually reticent about his personal life, Beenie Man opened up about his mother’s health in July by taking fans along as he visited her at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew. Unfolding via his Instagram Live, the deejay was seen making the trek to her ward, though he was told the section was closed off to visitors upon his arrival. With the approval of a nurse, he received access to see his mother and the interaction was captured on camera. It was an intimate and vulnerable moment, with a frail Mama Lilieth dressed in a lavender nightgown and black facial mask. He engaged his mother for several minutes before the live ended.
Later that day, he returned online to ask for prayers for his mother, even breaking out into a six-minute freestyle with the recurring line, “pray fi mi madda.”
The deejay had posted a video in November of his mother trying to stand after undergoing therapy to combat the physical effects of a stroke.
Before her death, he shared his plans of building a community centre in his native town, Waterhouse, to be named in her honour.