I Can See Clearly Now singer Johnny Nash, 80, dies

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  • Johnny Nash has died at the age of 80.
  • The singer-songwriter was best known for his hit I Can See Clearly Now.
  • Johnny was one of the first non-Jamaican singers to record reggae music on the island.

American singer-songwriter Johnny Nash, best known for his 1972 hit I Can See Clearly Now, has died aged 80, according to US reports.

The Texas-born pop and reggae star died at his home in Houston on Tuesday of natural causes, his son Johnny Jr. told the CBS Los Angeles TV station.

Nash rose to the top of the US Billboard chart with I Can See Clearly Now, and his 1975 hit Tears on My Pillow reached number one in the UK rankings.

He was one of the first non-Jamaican singers to record reggae music on the island, his website said.

In recent years his focus shifted to tranferring old analogue tapes of his songs from the 1970s and 1980s to a new digital format, reports BBC.

Johnny is survived by his son, Johnny Jr. and wife, Carli.

His son told TMZ: "He was a wonderful father and family man. He loved people and the world. He will be missed within his community. Family was his everything."

Compiled by Bashiera Parker

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