KINGSTON, JAMAICA – A body of an elderly homeless man was discovered behind the back of a fast food joint in downtown. There was no identification on the body; the only possessions the old man had on him were a faded photograph of the Houses of Parliament in London, a dented tin containing a small quantity of marijuana and a battered old guitar.
The authorities turned to Jamaica’s national DNA database. When the results came back from the lab they were shocking…
Jacob Chambers, the chief coroner said:
My colleague came running into my office waving a piece of paper in the air. ‘You’re not going to believe this,’ he shouted… “The DNA test reveled that the old man police had discovered behind the fast food restaurant was reggae superstar … BOB MARLEY.” I couldn’t believe it.”
“I stared at the results wide-eyed,” Chambers admits. “My jaw dropped to the floor. This had to be a mistake.”
Bob Marley had died from cancer in 1981 as he made his way back to Jamaica by plane from Germany. But if that was true then why was his elderly body lying on a slab in a downtown Jamaican morgue? Chambers could come up with only one explanation:
I thought somebody was playing a joke on us, and told my assistant to label the body as ‘persons unknown’. So it could be cremated by the authorities. But then things got really weird.
That afternoon, the coroners office was visited by men in sunglasses, wearing dark suits and called themselves ‘government officials’. They confirmed that the body was indeed that of the late reggae legend, and that Marley’s death had been faked back in 1981 on his own request because he was tired of all the attention he was getting and just wanted to live the quiet life of a street busker in Jamaica, earning enough for food, reggae tapes for his Walkman and cannabis. The Jamaican government agreed to go along with Marley’s plan, as they would receive the royalties from his most successful album, Exodus.
According to Chambers the ‘government officials’ took the body of Marley, along with the DNA results and other reports. They warned him keep quiet about the matter or he would face ‘serious consequences’.
“I couldn’t stay silent about this, despite having no evidence because the government took it all away to a secret location somewhere, Bob Marley did not die in 1981, and i am not going to keep that a secret just because some shady officials told me to. The truth must be heard, even if that means i face ‘serious consequences’ by the government” Says a defiant Chambers.