OUR NEWS Team has just received news that Vice-chancellor emeritus at the University of the West Indies, Professor Rex Nettleford is dead.

Checks by us reveal that Professor Nettelford died late Tuesday evening at the George Washington Hospital in the United States six days after collapsing in a US hotel, where he was on visit for a fundraising dinner for the UWI.

The Jamaica Observer reported through its webpage that “Nettleford, who reportedly suffered a massive heart attack and was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit, never regained consciousness and finally passed at 8:00 pm.”

He would have been 77 tomorrow.

Professor Nettleford is the recipient of Jamaica’s third highest honour – the Order of Merit and is a cultural advisor to the prime minister. He graduated from the University of the West Indies with History (Hons.) and as a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University with postgraduate studies in Politics

He’s also the author of several publications including, “Manley and the New Jamaica”, “The African Connexion”, and “In Our Heritage”. His latest published book is “Caribbean Cultural Identity, the case of Jamaica”.

Professor Nettleford is also a member of the Inter-American Committee on Culture, founding governor of the Canada-based International Development Research Centre, and had acted as expert/consultant to the government of Ghana, FESTAC, CARIFESTA and UNESCO. Professor Nettleford is a radio and television commentator and has lectured in many countries including India, the Phillipines and Israel.

The Vice-Chancellor has a wide international reputation and has been honoured at home and abroad. His “Mirror Mirror” gives a special insight into growing up and coming into full consciousness in Jamaica in the sixties.

The University of the West Indies also named the largest Hall of Residence at it’s Mona Campus after him.