Bounty Killer coping well since mother’s death, shares memories

by Jodee Brown

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer continues to deal with the emotional fallout following the death of his mother. However, the prominent deejay says that he’s getting through the pain.

The Dancehall world was shocked on Sunday morning when Bounty Killer announced, via Twitter that his mother, Ivy Williams, more affectionately known as Miss Ivy passed away on Sunday morning. Williams died in her sleep following an illness and had reportedly been battling cancer in recent times.

Since the announcement, a slew of Dancehall superstars, including long-time rival, Beenie Man, Dancehall diva, Spice amongst several other artistes have publicly shown support for Bounty Killer during this tragic time. The Alliance founder, speaking publicly for the first time since his mother’s passing, expressed his appreciation to friends and fans who have reached out to him in the last 48 hours.

“The love and support I’ve been receiving is immense. Globally people are showing they care, especially my fans on Twitter and Facebook and all the other networks.  I know people love me and my mom but it was so surprising to the amount,” Bounty Killer told the Jamaica Observer in a BlackBerry message.

Having mentioned his mother several times in his songs, including the classic clash song, Miss Ivy Last Son, Bounty Killer spoke fondly of his mother’s undying love and ability to descend calm on a turbulent situation.

“Every moment spent with her was memorable and amusing. Ask anybody that knows her she is the greatest mom and not just for me but for everyone that ever come in contact with her,” he said.

According to the prominent deejay, he will cherish of his late mother’s attributes, including her ability to teach and advise him and his siblings. However, there’s one memorable piece of advice that Bounty Killer received from his mother that he will forever hold dear to his heart.

To know that there is a God and there isn’t anything that faith cannot fix,” he recalls.

Williams left behind eight children as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was 71 years old.

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