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Singer Johnny Kemp found dead in Jamaica at age 55

2015-04-18 10:49:15

Bahamian R&B singer Johnny Kemp, who is best known for the hit song Just Got Paid, has died in Jamaica. He was 55.

Jamaica police said on Friday that Kemp was found floating at a beach in Montego Bay on Thursday morning. It had not yet been determined how he died.

Police said Kemp arrived in Jamaica on a cruise ship but added that they did not have further details.

Johnny-KempRIP: Bahamian R&B singer Johnny Kemp, who is best known for the hit song Just Got Paid, has died in Jamaica, pictured in New York in 2006

Reach Media Inc. said Kemp had been scheduled to be on a Caribbean cruise this week, the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise.

With some reports claiming he died aboard the cruise, Reach Media Inc., the US based parent company of the Tom Joyner Morning Show later said in a statement: 'We have received confirmation that Johnny Kemp has passed away.

'We do not have any other details. We can confirm he was not on the ship for the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise.'

Johnny-KempJust Got Paid: The singer pictured during a performance in 1990

Kemp was nominated in 1989 for a Grammy Award for Just Got Paid in a category that included Bobby Brown and Luther Vandross.

The song was a No. 1 hit on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart and was covered by NSYNC on their 2000 album No Strings Attached.

Kemp appeared on a 2007 Keith Sweat DVD called Sweat Hotel Live and had been performing at musical events across the U.S. in recent years.

Johnny-KempFamily: Johnny, his wife Deirdre, and their two sons in a photo posted to Deirdre's Facebook page on April 1

Kemp kicked off his career as a teenager singing in nightclubs in the Bahamas, before moving to New York in 1979.

He is survived by his wife, Deirdre Fisher-Kemp and their two sons.

Deirdre wrote on Facebook on Friday: 'Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence. Jeremiah 17:7

'Faith draws the poison from every grief, takes the sting from every loss, and quenches the fire of every pain; and only faith can do it. –J. G Holland, Writer

'Lord, hold onto me as I go forward with faith in You.'

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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