The death of the reggae singer, songwriter, was announced by Joy Tongo, former artiste manager to Cynthia Morgan on her Instagram handle @joytongo.
She posted: “Legendary musician, Mr. Majek Fashek, my uncle passed on today in New York City.”
Also commenting, his manager, Omenka Uzoma, posted on his Instagram page: “Today been having pressure calls, well it is true that the African No 1 Legendary ICON has gone to be with the LORD his Maker,” he said.
“Let celebrate him, his achievements, and his family, whatever decisions made by his immediate family will be notified.”
Majek was born in Benin-City, Edo state,
In 2015, it was revealed that Majek was bankrupt and battling drug addiction. After admitting that he needed help at the time, he was admitted into a drug rehabilitation centre in Abuja.
As one of Nigeria’s surviving Reggae music legend, Majek attracted international attention in 1987, with his self-penned tune, ‘Send down the Rain.’
The singer also played a supporting role in the 2000 Nollywood movie ‘Mark of the Beast’.
Also known as ‘The Rainmaker’, he has worked with various artists worldwide, including Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson.