The cause of death of Jamaican DJ Merciless. The dancehall legend was ill shortly before her death.
DJ Merciless, a popular Jamaican dancehall performer, Leonard Bartley, has passed away. The 51-year-old DJ had his birthday on July 1st. Hotel staff at the Harlem Resort in St. Andrew, Jamaica, along Lyndhurst Road, reportedly discovered his dead in a room on Tuesday, July 19.
Also, it was reported that Warhead, another name for Merciless, had arrived at the hotel alone and expressed discomfort. However, the official reason for his death is still unknown.
Born in 1971 in Chapelton, Jamaica’s Turner neighborhood, Merciless first rose to fame working with sound systems before releasing his debut album Lend Out Mi Mercy in 1994. His popular album Mr Merciless was released a year later. His song Mavis was the most popular reggae single in Jamaica according to HITC in 1995, and he also had big singles with “Mama Cooking”, “Gal Gizada”, “Ole Gallis” and “God Alone”.
In addition, Merciless has worked with well-known musicians such as C-Murder, Lil’ John, Tall Pree and Aaron Hall. Although the relationship with Bounty Killer was strained, the two collaborated on the single “No One Cares” in 2000.
Following his untimely passing, many people paid tribute to him on social media, with one admirer tweeting: “RIP DJ Merciless. My condolences go out to your family at this difficult time. “I am saddened by the news of the death of DJ #Merciless,” said the second. He and I were pretty close. When we saw him earlier it was always a source of laughter and anecdotes. He insisted I handle his publicity. never happened RIP 🙏.”
‘RIP Merciless. We’ve lost a legendary DJ, wrote the third person. Wow, amazed to hear that, remarked the fourth. RIP Merciless, one of my favorite DJs from back then. The fifth said: “Merciless is still the first man to kill three DJs at once. Sleep tight, lousy DJ!”
“Merciless, the great dancehall/recording/live performer/DJ for The Clash has sadly passed away unexpectedly. Merciless deserves respect for what he has done for dancehall and Jamaican music. “Quench your musical thirst” with SIEP “The Warring Don From Clarendon” Lovers Magic,” read a tweet. Sad news…dancehall lost yesterday, read another tweet. Leonard Bartley, better known by his stage name Merciless, is an active martial artist. Rest in Peace King Zion!
“DI WARRING DON FROM CLARENDON… BADDA DAN BIN LADEN AN DI TALIBAN!” someone said. MERCY THE GREAT ONE, REST IN PEACE! INCLUDING DANCEHALL IN MY UPGRADING! Dancehall Legend! The legacy continues!! Someone else remarked, “Merciless was the only DJ mixing three DJs at once on Sting! Ninja, Bounty and Beenie. It was the first time anyone had done it in dancehall; it was really historic. “I would like to pay tribute to one of Jamaica’s finest reggae dancehall artists, Merciless, who passed away yesterday in Kingston, Jamaica,” continued Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono. The heyday of reggae dancehall in the ’90s was when 51-year-old Merciless, whose real name is Leonard Bartley, first rose to fame. Peace be upon you, WarHead.