Obituaries

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

Mr. Brooks began his music career in the late 1960s as a studio musician.
Cheryl Hatch/A.P./file 2001
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.

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

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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.

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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.