Frederick “Toots” Hibbert of iconic reggae group Toots and the Maytals has been hospitalized in Jamaica and is currently awaiting the results of a coronavirus test.
“While reports of Mr. Hibbert being in an intensive care unit at a private facility in the Corporate Area are true, the family would like to assure those concerned that he is making positive progress and is receiving the best possible treatment, while he awaits the results on his COVID-19 test,” reads a statement posted to the Maytals’ official Facebook page, hopefully adding, “He is resting and in good spirits, and is showing signs of improvement by the hour.”
The “Pressure Drop” singer, 77, sought medical help after complaining of trouble breathing, his agent Cabel Stephenson, told Jamaican news outlet the Gleaner.
“We took him to a private facility where they administered some tests but said based on what is happening, they have to do the COVID-19 test for everything to be complete and to rule it out,” said Stephenson. “It was our wish that he stayed at the hospital where he can be under full observation because of his age and who he is.”
While his family and management team are reportedly concerned, Stephenson told the outlet that the singer himself likely won’t begin to fret unless his symptoms escalate.
“He’ll be worried only if he’s feeling pain and is uncomfortable in his structure like any human being would,” Stephenson said.
The former boxer, who has redefined reggae in his six-decade career, had just released his first album in a decade, “Got To Be Tough,” on Friday.
“This is my last chance, man,” he told Rolling Stone shortly before the album was released. “I work hard. I am not afraid to work. But time is running out, and I feel that. I don’t want to work so hard now. But it’s coming up fast, fast. Good times gone, good times still coming, by and by.”