Who is Bunny Wailer’s wife Jean Watt? Bob Marley and the Wailers cofounder dies 10 months after wife went missing
On March 2, 2021, Bunny Wailer, one of the reggae’s most influential voices, died at the age of 73. The acclaimed musician from Kingston, Jamaica, founded The Wailers alongside his childhood friend, Bob Marley. The duo achieved international fame with reggae classics like ‘Simmer Down’ and ‘Stir It Up’, before Wailer left to go solo in 1974. Bunny’s death was confirmed by manager Maxine Stowe and Jamaica’s Culture Minister, Olivia Grange.
Wailer’s manager has not revealed the cause of the singer’s death, but he had been in hospital since having a stroke in July 2020. As the world mourns for the loss of Bunny Wailer, let’s have a look at the mysterious disappearance of his wife, Jean Watt.
One of reggae's most legendary voices, Bunny Wailer, has died at the age of 73.— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) March 2, 2021
He achieved international fame as a founding member of The Wailers alongside his childhood friend, Bob Marley,
and went on to win 3 Grammys and was given Jamaica's Order Of Merit in 2017. pic.twitter.com/RjzaaTCkid
Who is Jean Watt?
Watt is the wife of the legendary musician Bunny Wailer. The reggae legend credited his wife for some recordings in the early 1970s. She is credited for writing ‘Hallelujah Time’ and ‘Pass It On’, which appeared on The Wailers album 'Burnin’' in 1973.
Jean Watt's disappearance
On May 23, 2020, Jean Watt, also known as ‘Sister Jean’, reportedly went missing. As per multiple reports, Sister Jean’s relatives described the 70-year-old wife of the musical icon to the local authorities. At the time of Jean Watt's disappearance, she had dreadlocks and was about five feet-three inches tall and was wearing a black top, brown bottom, and sandals.
Seventy-year-old Jean Watt of Darley Crescent, Washington Gardens, Kgn 20 has been missing since Sun, May 23.— Jamaica Constabulary Force (@JamaicaConstab) May 27, 2020
She is of dark complexion, slim build and is about 5 feet tall
Watt was last seen at home wearing a black blouse, brown shirt, brown and a pair of sandals. Call 119. pic.twitter.com/v4gf6UjZjj
Right after Jean Watt went missing, her relatives posted a message on Facebook that read, “starting the day with a prayer for the Livingston family, that Sister Jean is found today. Meditating, positively, that she is being cared for, by ones, who don’t know who she is, but will, by the outpouring of support and interest for the Hon Bunny Wailer, that it will all come together.”
Jamaican entrepreneur and author Wayne Chen also made an appeal to the public via his Twitter account in the hope that Wailer’s wife is found. On May 27, 2020, he wrote: “I first came across Jean Watt in 1973 as the songwriter/composer of ‘Hallelujah Time’ when I played, over and over, The Wailers’s ‘Burning’ album. Praying for her safe return.”
I first came across Jean Watt in 1973 as the songwriter/ composer of ‘Hallelujah Time’ when I played, over and over, The Wailers’s ‘Burnin’ album. Praying for her safe return. pic.twitter.com/NZIwCMDi6X— Wayne Chen (@wcchen) May 27, 2020
However, there has been no concrete news related to the finding of Jean Watt. In October, six months after her missing, Wailer’s manager Stowe told The Star that they receive hundreds of calls of reported “sightings”, but nothing has resulted in a solid lead. She added that “there have been sightings in Linstead and Harker’s Hall, but what we realize is that sometimes it’s the same person who is moving around and being seen by different persons.”
At that time, Wailer’s son, Abijah, had been making and posting videos with family members talking about Watt and appealing for her to come back home. The family offered a reward of J$1 million ($250,000) for her recovery or any valid information leading to her safe return. Meanwhile, Stowe revealed that Wailer remained frustrated that his spouse of more than 50 years has not been found, and he is unable to do anything about it.
As Bunny Wailer took his last breath on March 2, his wife of 50 years remained missing.