Legendary reggae singer Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals fame is now in a medically-induced coma at the University Hospital of the West Indies.
Toots, 78, was transferred there yesterday, his publicist Claude Mills told The Gleaner.
“Toots is fighting for his life and his family is asking for prayers,” Mills said.
It was revealed on Monday that the singer was awaiting results from a coronavirus test after displaying symptoms.
The test result is still pending, Mills said, but admitted that the Bam Bam singer was showing all the signs of the virus.
Members of the artiste’s inner circle have self-quarantined and have taken COVID-19 tests as well.
Toots, a three-time winner of the Jamaica Festival Song competition, was one of the 10 finalists for 2020 and spoke with pride in an interview with The Gleaner in August about his entry, Rise Up Jamaicans.