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Roots Reggae Musician Cedric Brooks, 70, Dies

FILE - In this June 7, 2001 file photo, Jamaican musician Cedric Brooks, left, laughs next to Ska pioneer Johnny "Dizzy" Moore as they talk about their days at the Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington.  One of Brooks' sisters, Paulette Keise, said he died Friday, May 3, 2013 of cardiac arrest at New York Hospital Queens. He was 70. Brooks began his music career in the late 1960s as a studio musician, playing in songs such as Burning Spear's "Door Peep." He also had hits with trumpet player David Madden including "Money Maker" and "Mystic Mood." Brooks also was a member of the Jamaican ska band The Skatalites. (AP Photo/Cheryl Hatch, File)

FILE - In this June 7, 2001 file photo, Jamaican musician Cedric Brooks, left, laughs next to Ska pioneer Johnny "Dizzy" Moore as they talk about their days at the Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington. One of Brooks' sisters, Paulette Keise, said he died Friday, May 3, 2013 of cardiac arrest at New York Hospital Queens. He was 70. Brooks began his music career in the late 1960s as a studio musician, playing in songs such as Burning Spear's "Door Peep." He also had hits with trumpet player David Madden including "Money Maker" and "Mystic Mood." Brooks also was a member of the Jamaican ska band The Skatalites. (AP Photo/Cheryl Hatch, File)

Kingston, Jamaica — Cedric Brooks, a Jamaican saxophone player and influential roots reggae musician, has died. He was 70.

One of Brooks’ sisters, Paulette Keise, said he died Friday of cardiac arrest at New York Hospital Queens. She said yesterday that he suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes and fell ill several years ago, losing his ability to speak.

Brooks began his music career in the late 1960s as a studio musician, playing in songs such as Burning Spear’s Door Peep. He also had hits with trumpet player David Madden including Money Maker and Mystic Mood.

Brooks also was a member of the Jamaican ska band The Skatalites.

He is survived by seven children and four sisters.