Jamaican artist Robbie Shakespeare has died at the age of 68.
He died in Florida, where he had recently been in hospital for kidney surgery, local media have reported.
The bassist and music producer is credited with revolutionizing the sound of reggae and dancehall music.
Jamaica's Culture Minister Olivia Grange announced his death and said Shakespeare was one of the country's greatest musicians.
"[Sly and Robbie] took the bass and drums to the next level after making music for themselves as a group, and for many other local and international artists," she said.
BBC Radio 1Xtra reggae music presenter David Rodigan said Shakespeare "played his bass guitar like no other."
50 years career, Shakespeare collaborated with various artists such as Madonna, Bob Dylan, No Doubt, Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones and Grace Jones./ 21Media