TOOTS Hibbert, the frontman of pioneering reggae group Toots And The Maytals, has died at the age of 77.

The Jamaican vocalist was being treated for suspected coronavirus at the University Hospital of the West Indies in the Jamaican capital, Kingston.

A statement from Toot's representative reads: “It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel ‘Toots’ Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

“The family and management would like to thank the medical teams and professionals for their care and diligence, and ask that you respect their privacy during their time of grief.

“Mr Hibbert is survived by his wife of 39 years, Miss D, and his seven of eight children.”

The cause of death was not mentioned.

Toots And The Maytals’ hits include 54-46, That’s My Number, Pressure Drop and Monkey Man.