Toots and the Maytals reggae legend Toots Hibbert, 77, in intensive care with suspected coronavirus

REGGAE legend Toots Hibbert has been admitted to intensive care with possible coronavirus.

The 77-year-old frontman for Toots and the Maytals is receiving treatment at a hospital in Kingston, Jamaica but is "showing signs of improvement" according to his family.

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In a statement his family said: "While reports of Mr Hibbert being in an intensive care unit at a private facility in the Corporate Area are true, the family would like to assure those concerned that he is making positive progress and is receiving the best possible treatment, while he awaits the results on his Covid-19 test.

"He is resting and in good spirits, and is showing signs of improvement by the hour.”

According to Mr Hibbert's manager, the 77-year-old is suffering from respiratory issues according to the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper.

The singer is a reggae legend and one of the most widely celebrated musicians in Jamaica's history.

Toots and the Maytals helped to pioneer a new reggae sound in the mid 60s, including the beginnings of a high tempo ska sound.

Some of the band's best well known hits include Pressure Drop, Funky Kingston and Monkey Man.

The band released their first album in a decade just last week, collaborating with Bob Marley's son Ziggy and including a take on the classic Three Little Birds.

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