KINGSTON, JAMAICA, SEPT. 12 -- Robbers shot and killed reggae star Peter Tosh, a founding father of Jamaica's rhythmic, vibrant music of revolution, police said today. He was 42.
The attackers who entered Tosh's home last night also killed another man and wounded the singer-songwriter's longtime companion, Marlene Brown, and four other people.
Tosh's death left alive just one -- Neville Livingstone -- of the three original members of The Wailers, who popularized reggae and its characteristic loping beat. The group's cofounder Bob Marley died of a brain tumor in 1981.
Three armed men who had arrived on motorcycles entered Tosh's suburban St. Andrew home at 8:30 p.m. last night, demanded money and shot Tosh, Brown and the five others when they refused to comply, Radio Jamaica reported.
The assailants were still at large this morning, it said. Unconfirmed reports said they opened fire with 9-mm automatic pistols.
The identity of the other person killed was not immediately known. Radio Jamaica identified him only as "Doc." A police official said Brown and the four other wounded people were hospitalized.
Tosh was born Winston Hubert MacIntosh Oct. 9, 1944, in Westmoreland, Jamaica. He formed the Wailers with Bob Marley in 1963. He left the group in 1973 as Marley increasingly took over the starring role.
Tosh is perhaps best known internationally for his collaboration with the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger in the Smokey Robinson song "(You Got To) Walk And Don't Look Back."
An advocate of marijuana legalization, Tosh is also known for his 1976 album and single, "Legalize It."
Many of the Wailers' songs were highly political, and the group was extremely popular in Jamaica. The Wailers' 1973 album "Catch a Fire" won reggae an international audience.