Dancehall icon Tiger reportedly suffered a second stroke two weeks ago, a setback that forced his family to seek financial assistance to help cover his medical bills.
“It was a minor stroke, thank goodness. It affected his left side and he is walking very slowly. He needs financial help to meet his medical expenses because he has blood tests to do and other things, and it is very difficult, ”said his daughter Rhialty, who is also an artist of Dancehall. DancehallMag.
Tiger, 61, a dancehall icon known for songs such as No Wanga Gut, when and No puppy love, suffered her first stroke years ago. Born Norman Washington Jackson, he struggled with his health for decades after a near-fatal car crash in 1994.
Rhialty said the stroke was sudden, but fortunately not critical.
“My dad was with my brother at the time, and my brother told me he passed out for a few and was out of breath. The next day I noticed he was speaking slowly and moving differently. I took him to the doctor and he examined him and he diagnosed him with stroke and high blood pressure, ”she said.
The financial cost of her medical expenses proved to be very difficult for the family.
“Is it all on me in terms of financial support, and Tiger doesn’t want me to reach out, but I have to, there’s no help and I can’t do it alone.” I set up a Real helping hands account, so I ask the family to help me, ”she said.
Tiger, first recorded as a singer under the name Ranking Tiger, his first single being Why can’t you just leave the dreadlocks alone? in 1978.
Then, in the early 1980s, he began working as a DJ with the Black Star sound system, often performing alongside his colleague DJ Bruk Back and singer Anthony Malvo. Then it exploded like a Roman candle in 1985 with several local hits including “No Wanga Gut” and “No Puppy Love”. He was signed by Mango Records who released his first album, Me Name Tiger, in 1986.
The Tiger legend grew up with his awe-inspiring live performances, and he recorded for producers such as Harry J, King Jammy, Gussie Clarke, Sly & Robbie, Philip “Fatis” Burrell and Donovan Germain. In 1989, he became one of the first dancehall artists to enter the American hip hop scene when he did a combination with the Fat Boys on “T’ings Nah Go So”.
The success continued into the 1990s and it was signed by Columbia Records’ short-lived Chaos imprint. His only album for the label was “Claws of the Cat” in 1993. In the early 1990s, he scored big points with the hit song “When”.
He revealed in an interview with Loop News that a freestyle was the inspiration for “When”, which is arguably his most enduring hit.
“I was at the Mixing Lab with Roy Francis and Steelie and Clevie and we were going to record an album. Steelie asks me when I’m going to build a new track and I say ‘when when when’, and I just started freestyle, and I had just come from Japan so I also do freestyle, ”he said.
He revealed that the “Come Back To Me” combination with Anthony Malvo was a tribute to Pinky, Dancehall’s sister Queen Carlene. Pinky and her sister also made appearances in the clip.
“She (Pinky) was a gift from God, I refused and abused her, so she left me, so I made the tune to try to win her back,” he said.
After his accident in 1994, there was an out-of-court settlement in 2002, but it was not the sum Tiger had requested given his stature as a major dancehall artist at the time and the nature of his injuries ending his career.
“I had three bank accounts, all empty, four kids going to school, and UC (UHWI) medical bills of almost four million,” he told Loop News.
He said he felt abandoned by his dancehall friends, including Capleton, whom he claimed to have taken to the studio in the 1990s. “After I met in the crash and woke up and that I saw that everyone who was there when I was healthy was gone now that I was almost dead, it was… hard… I didn’t want to stay here, something was wrong ” , did he declare. .