Bahamian music legend Johnny Kemp, known for his hits “Just Got Paid” and “Just Another Lover,” has passed away in Jamaica at the age of 55.
Jamaica police indicated on Friday that he had been found floating at a beach in Montego Bay on Thursday morning, The Associated Press indicated in a report published on Yahoo News.
The R&B singer, who was born on August 2, 1959, died on Thursday. The details of his death are unclear at this time.
Initial reports covering the late singer’s death indicated that he had died while on board the Tom Joyner Cruise, however, the Chicago Defender reached out to the Caribbean cruise’s media company, Reach Media Inc., who issued a statement in response which read:
We have received confirmation that Johnny Kemp has passed away. We do not have any other details. We can confirm that he was also not on the ship.
Chicago Defender cited sources as having indicated that he was scheduled to perform this week on the cruise with Teddy Riley.
He is survived by his wife Deidre, two sons, family, friends and fans, Bahamas Weekly indicated in a report.
The late Bahamian singer began his singing career in nightclubs in the Bahamas when he was just 13-years-old. By 1979, he’d moved to New York and by 1968, he released his self-titled album which scored him a minor hit with the song “Just Another Lover.”
His hit “Just Got Paid” was recorded live in February of 2006 at a concert in Atlanta, Georgia— which was included in Keith Sweat’s DVD Sweat Hotel Live.