Say what? No permit to bury Toots Hibbert

Reggae legend Toots Hibbert should have been laid to rest on Thursday, but that plan had to be aborted when it was discovered that there was no burial order.

Reggae great Toots Hibbert passed away on September 11, 2020.

Close family members held a private service for Toots inside the chapel of Perry’s Funeral Home in St Catherine. From there they travelled to the Dovecot Memorial Gardens where the reggae star was supposed to be interred.

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However, after much searching, none of Toots’ family members could provide a burial order, which is required by law before a body can be interred. Such a document is provided by the Registrar General’s Department after receiving a certificate signed by a doctor stating the cause of death.

Without authorisation to bury the Toots, the undertakers had to bring the body back to the morgue.

It is not clear when the Bam Bam singer will be buried.

Toots, whose real name is Frederick Hibbert, died on September 11 at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew. He was 77 years old.