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Cedric Brooks, 70, saxophone player of roots reggae with Skatalites

Mr. Brooks began his music career in the late 1960s as a studio musician.

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Mr. Brooks began his music career in the late 1960s as a studio musician.

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Cedric Brooks, a Jamaican saxophone player and influential roots reggae musician, has died.

He was 70.

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One of his sisters, Paulette Keise, said he died Friday of cardiac arrest at New York Hospital Queens.

She said on Saturday that he had suffered from high blood ­pressure and diabetes and fell ill several years ago, losing his ability to speak.

Mr. Brooks began his music career in the late 1960s as a ­studio musician, playing for ­numerous bands in songs including Burning Spear’s “Door Peep.”

He also had hits with trumpet player David Madden ­including “Money Maker” and “Mystic Mood.”

Mr. Brooks also was a member of the Jamaican ska band The Skatalites.

He leaves seven children and four sisters.

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