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'Bunny Rugs' of Third World is dead

February 3rd, 2014 | Tags: Bunny Rugs Third World death William Clarke
William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke former lead singer of the popular band Third World has died in a Miami hospital. Photo: Jamaica Observer
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica --William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke former lead singer of the popular band Third World has died in a Miami hospital.

Clarke who would have turned 66 on Thursday, February 6, had been in intensive care for some time.

He missed a number of engagements linked with the celebration of Third World’s 40th anniversary last year but it was generally felt that he would have recovered enough to return to Jamaica this month.

Clarke was born in Mandeville and replaced ‘Prilly’ Hamiltion as lead singer for the band in 1976. His first album with the band was ‘96 degrees in the Shade’ but is best known for the hits ‘Now that we found Love’ an O’Jays original, and ‘Try Jah Love’.

11 Responses to “'Bunny Rugs' of Third World is dead”

  • bb (03/02/2014, 12:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    wow rip
  • paper boy (03/02/2014, 14:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This man sang so well at Nanny Cay just late last year. gone to soon
  • Music Fest 2012 (03/02/2014, 16:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Loved his performance at the Music Fest tho'.
  • Myke (03/02/2014, 16:55) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow a Legend is gone R.I.P BUNNY
  • Third World Fan (03/02/2014, 18:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    A great musical icon has passed on. May we remember him for his great voice. Sweet TW music. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
  • try jah love (04/02/2014, 01:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I really enjoyed him at nanny cay now its my last he will be greatly miss rip my brother
  • Greg (04/02/2014, 14:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rip Daddy Ruggs you are the best your spirit lives and will never ,never die. the child in the music will never die
  • west (04/02/2014, 19:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    He was a real singer
  • toepex (23/02/2014, 18:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    As a Third World Fan it is with great sadness I offer condolences to the Third World fans ,Bunny family , to Cat, Richie and the rest of the Third World band. Thanks for all those great songs which kept me living in peace.
    Bunny will missed and may he RISE IN PEACE!!
    The Spirit lives!!!
  • TOEPEX-DOMINICA (23/02/2014, 19:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    As a Third World Fan I would like to offer my condolence to the Third World band , family and friends of the Third World band, Cat and Richie. May his soul RISE IN PEACE!!
    The spirit lives...........we ain't giving up.
  • mobile (26/03/2015, 14:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    very sad day. rest in peace

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