A body of an elderly homeless man was found in cardboard box in the back of a fast food restaurant in Kingston, Jamaica. The officers couldn’t immediately identify the man since the man had no identification on him. All the man had with him were a faded photograph of the Houses of Parliament in London, a dented can with a small quantity of marijuana, and a shabby old guitar.
The authorities turned to Jamaica`s National DNA Database. The results were shocking.
“I thought it must be a joke,” Jacob Chambers, the chief coroner told Now 8 News. “My colleague came running into my office waving a piece of paper in the air. ‘You’re not going to believe this’, he shouted. I told him to calm down and explain what all the excitement was about. When he told me, I couldn’t believe it.”
The DNA results showed that the late homeless man was none other than reggae superstar Bob Marley.
“I stared at the results wide-eyed,” Chamber admits.
“My jaw dropped to the floor. This had to be a mistake.” It had always been presumed Bob Marley had died from cancer in 1981 as he made his way back to Jamaica by plane from Germany. But if that was the case, why was his elderly body lying on a slab in a downtown Jamaican morgue?
Chambers believed there`s only one explanation: “Naturally I concluded somebody was playing a joke on us, and told my assistant to label the body as ‘persons unknown’. This would mean he could be cremated by authorities and the death filed as that of an unknown male in his late 60s to early 70s. But it was then that things got really weird.”
Later that afternoon, men with sunglasses visited the coroner`s office. They were wearing dark suits and said they were “government officials”. The men confirmed that the body was the late superstar and that his death in 1981 was faked on his request. They claim that Marley was tired of all that attention and publicity and the only thing he really wanted was a quiet life of a street busker in Jamaica.
Jamaican government accepted his request and as a return, they received the earnings from his most successful album, Exodus.Chambers says that the government officials removed the body and all the proof that were found. Also, they warned Chambers and the staff to remain silent or, in the contrary, they would face serious consequences.