Dancehall veteran Bernie Man and his family have been plunged into mourning after the death of his mother.
Lilieth Sewell or ‘Mama Lilieth,’ as she was affectionately known, died after what many believe came from complications from a stroke that she suffered last year. “She was about 63 years old. The family is in mourning now,” Rohan ‘Blue’ Smith, Beenie Man’s brother and manager said in confirming the news.
The ‘King of the Dancehall’ is seemingly taking it very hard as he has not commented on the matter as yet and has removed all his Instagram content in a surprising move.
However, friends and family have been showing their support and have taken to social media to share tributes. Fellow dancehall superstar Bounty Killer took to Instagram to express his condolences and urged his Versuz opponent to look to family for support.
“Just want to express my condolences and deepest sympathy to we bredda kingbeenieman and his family on the passing of his mom, I’ve been down this road, and it’s dark and lonely, but family love and support light is at the end of the tunnel may the Lord consoles u bredda stay strong” noted Killer whose mother died in 2012.
Under that post, a number of fellow artists also expressed their support to Beenie Man to include Verzuz creator Swizz Beats who sent some prayer emojis. Busta Rhymes, Charly Black, Bunni Garlin also offered their support.
Bernie Man’s daughter Desha Ravers also took to Instagram to mourn her grandmother’s passing, where she uploaded a video of her sharing some time with her. She captioned it with “This one I’ll never be able to accept ur in a better place I knw that but I’m not ready rip mama” she lamented with a crying emoji and several broken hearts.
She received support from fellow industry players such as Popcaan who called on her to “stay up” during the trying time and dancehall heavyweight Sean Paul who sent his condolences.
Beenie Man’s mother was in the hospital in July and has been in and out since the stroke last year. However, at that time the artiste had come out to ask for prayers for his mom in a really emotional video on social media. He had indicated that his mother was improving, but it seems that she lost the battle.