‘Bunny Striker’ Lee has been laid to rest

Legendary reggae producer Edward ‘Bunny Striker’ Lee was laid to rest on Sunday at the Dovecot Memorial Park in St Catherine.

Lee, who was 79 years old when he died in October, was interred beside his mother.

Prior to the burial, there were two viewings – one at the National Indoor Sports Centre in St Andrew on Friday, November 13, and the other at Roman’s Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, November 14.

A thanksgiving service was held on Sunday before his burial.

Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, attended the viewing at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Friday and paid tribute to the legendary producer in a social media post on Sunday.

“Today, we celebrate the life of a Jamaica creative icon, Edward O’Sullivan Lee, better known as Bunny Striker Lee. Music was his life. His vast knowledge of Jamaica music history was a source of awe,” she said.

“Few people have influenced the sound of Jamaica popular music as completely as Striker. He was responsible for launching the careers of some of the most consequential figures in Jamaican popular music during the last 50 years. Nearly all the pioneers worked with Striker or were influenced by him in some way.

He was an extraordinary man, the embodiment of charisma, who served our culture well. We are forever grateful for Striker’s contribution.”

Lee died in hospital on October 6. Described as a pioneer in Jamaica’s music industry, Lee has worked with the likes of Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Sly and Robbie, John Holt and Eric Donaldson. His work also earned him the Order of Distinction from the Jamaican government for his contribution to music.