KINGSTON(Star): The music fraternity is in mourning, following the untimely death of Rodney 'Bounty Killer' Pryce's mother, Ms Ivy Williams. The name Ms Ivy is very familiar in the dancehall circles, for the most part, because Bounty Killer makes constant reference to her in song.
Bounty made the announcement on Twitter early Sunday morning, expressing his love for his mother and asking the rhetorical question 'why'?
"RIP to the world's greatest mom because she gave the world the greatest man. Ms Ivy Williams 1941-2012. Rest in peace mama, Love you more than ever and always life and death is the equation; it's inevitable and you lived an excellent life my mother, my mentor, my friend, my a whole lot of things. Why now Jah? You know what's best though!!!" Bounty Killer tweeted.
Throughout Bounty Killer's musical career he has continuously shown respect and appreciation for his mother, and has dedicated singles such as Mama on the 1990s 'Cuss Cuss' rhythm, Mama's Love and Pot Of Gold, featuring long-time friend Richie Stephens in her honour.
Bounty Killer's single Ms Ivy Last Son also gave him much attention on the dancehall circuit. The song is used in sound system clashes even today.
The STAR made attempts to reach Bounty Killer for a follow-up comment but the artiste was in no mood to talk.
Bounty Killer's business partner and manager of Alliance Next Generation (ANG), Cross Cris, revealed that Bounty Killer was in a meditative mood.
"Bounty Killer is in a pensive mood right now with the passing of his mother who he holds in very high esteem. This has hurt him deeply and it is no secret to the world that his mother was his main motivation. He is in no mood now for an interview at this moment and I, Cross Cris, would like to publicly say condolences to the entire family and hope they can stay strong during this tough time," he said.
"Mama Ivy is a deeply God-fearing woman and we all know that she is in a better place at this time," he added.
The STAR also spoke with ANG artiste Iyara, who described Ms Ivy as being a happy woman.
"Mama Ivy a one of the best mothers. She is like my other mother, she always happy, loving and caring. She always show the youth around Bounty Killer love. A she first bring mi guh a church and mi ago miss har a lot. The entire ANG family will miss her, and sincere condolences to the entire family," Iyara said.
Many local artistes also took to BlackBerry Messenger to share hearts bearing their name in celebration of Ms Ivy's life.
Some of the artistes who parti-cipated in the RIP Ms Ivy love broadcast included Mavado, Sizzla, Darrio, Khago, Kiprich, Busy Signal, Elephant Man, Beenie Man, Quick Cook, D'Angel, Inna Wi Genes Records, and Captain Barkey.
Ms Ivy was 71-years-old at the time of her passing. She had been ill for a while and died in her sleep.