by Jodee Brown
The Jamaican music industry collectively mourns a day after Ivy Williams, the mother of Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer passed away.
Williams, more affectionately known as Miss Ivy died in her sleep early Sunday morning following an illness. It had been reported that Williams was battling cancer for some time prior to her passing. She was 71 years old.
Bounty Killer announced his mother’s death, via Twitter on Sunday morning; shocking the Dancehall/Reggae fraternity. Though the Alliance leader has yet to speak publicly about his mother’s death since that announcement, Alliance Next Generation manager and long-time business partner, Cross Cris intimates that the deejay remains distraught since hearing the news.
“Bounty Killer is in a pensive mood right now with the passing of his mother who he holds in very high esteem. This has hurt him deeply and it is no secret to the world that his mother was his main motivation,” he told the Jamaica STAR.
“Mama Ivy is a deeply God-fearing woman and we all know that she is in a better place at this time.”
Alliance Next Generation deejay, Iyara described Miss Ivy as his second mother and a loving person.
“Mama Ivy a one of the best mothers. She is like my other mother, she always happy, loving and caring. She always show the youth around Bounty Killer love. A she first bring mi guh a church and mi ago miss har a lot. The entire ANG family will miss her, and sincere condolences to the entire family,” he said.
Meanwhile, other members of the Dancehall fraternity have reached out to Bounty Killer during this sad time, including his long-time rival, Beenie Man.
Via his official Twitter page, BeenieMan said, “Sorry for the loss, Jah bless and guide you and your family through the struggles.”
Dancehall diva, Spice also sent her best regards.
“RIP Mama Ivy. #Holdthefaith Bounty my prayers are with you and your fam,” she tweeted.
Other Dancehall superstars such as Mavado, Sizzla, Khago, D’Angel, Elephant Man, Busy Signal and several others took part in a RIP Ms. Ivy love broadcast, via BlackBerry Messenger, to pay their tributes to Bounty Killer’s late mother.
Additionaly, Bounty Killer’s legions of fans have left condolence messages on his Facebook and Twitter pages in support of the veteran entertainer.