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Peter Tosh

In 1987, reggae star Peter Tosh was shot to death in his home in Kingston, Jamaica. He was 43. Police say Tosh was shot in the head after he refused a demand for money from three robbers. A guest at Tosh’s home also was killed and five others were wounded. One of the wounded, a Kingston disc jockey, died later in hospital. A cab driver was later sentenced to hang for the murders. In the 1960s, Tosh, Bob Marley and Bunny Livingstone formed “The Wailers,” which became one of the first reggae bands to gain worldwide recognition. The group disbanded in the 1970s and Tosh launched a solo career. He gained notoriety for such songs as “Legalize It,” which promoted the use of marijuana.

In 2008, rapper Kanye West was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on suspicion of vandalism after an altercation with a commercial photographer and a camera valued at more than $10,000 was broken. Police also arrested West’s bodyguard.

In 2009, rapper Jay-Z performed his “Answer to Call” concert at a sold out Madison Square Garden. All proceeds from the concert went to the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund. Special guests included Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, John Mayer, Diddy, Mary J. Blige and Rihanna, in her first performance since her February altercation with Chris Brown

The Associated Press

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