Bob Marley did not need to die from cancer at the young age of 36.
After suffering a stubborn toe injury that won’t heal while playing soccer before a gig, Marley was diagnosed in 1977 with metastatic melanoma. The cancer was found in his toe. Doctors advised Marley to have the toe amputated, but the devout Rastafarian refused, citing religious beliefs, and concerns it would interfere with his performances.
Untreated (except for a skin graft that didn’t do anything) over the next three years the cancer spread to his brain and lungs and was considered inoperable when he collapsed while jogging in Central Park, New York City.
His final words to his son Ziggy were “Money can’t buy life.”
Final Resting Place:
Bob Marley Centre and Mausoleum
Nine Mile, ,
Grave Location:Private Mausoleum
Grave Location Description
Marley’s birthplace and mausoleum are located at the tiny village of Nine Mile, located inland between Claremont and Alexandria. The driving time is about 1.5 hours from Ocho Rios and 2.5 hours from Montego Bay (tours of all types are available including large buses and private taxi cabs).
At Runaway Bay, turn off the A1 highway onto route B3, a secondary road leading into the countryside. The small country village of Nine Mile consists of only a handful of buildings. Look for flags carrying Rastafarian colors that designate the Bob Marley Centre and Mausoleum, hidden behind a tall compound wall surrounding the property.
Note: the Bob Marley Centre and Mausoleum at Nine Mile should not be confused with the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston. Kingston was Marley’s home at the time of his death but he is buried at Nine Mile, his birthplace.
Grave Location GPS18.297784772, -77.278419205
Visiting The Grave:
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