Gully Bop’s brother relates his final moments before hospitalisation
Andrew Chamberlain, a brother of dancehall entertainer Gully Bop, said that the Body Specialist deejay collapsed at his doorway just one week before he was hospitalised.
“Bop told me he was sick a week before he went into the hospital. He dropped down at my doorway, he knocked my door, he had been calling me and mi go out de and see him on the ground. Him say ‘bredda mi a dead’ and mi say ‘no man yu nah dead’, and him say ‘yea man, mi a dead man’,” Chamberlain told Observer Online.
Gully Bop asked if he had any painkillers but Chamberlain answered in the negative and suggested his older brother seek medical attention.
“Yu don’t need painkillers, yu waan go ah the doctor man,” Chamberlain related.
“He complained he wanted something to eat so mi chef up something and give him, and him say him caan eat the food cause him caan keep down that. And him say him want to buy a food inna the Square, but mi tell him say ah doctor yu fi go,” the 52 year-old younger brother of Gully Bop, said.
Chamberlain and Bop share the same mother but have different fathers.
Chamberlain said his brother offered him money to replace the food he had just cooked for him, but he refused it.
“Mi tell him ‘mi no want your money’ and mi give him some juice mi have inna the fridge and him drink it and him say ‘this mek mi feel better’. And mi say ah hungry yu hungry, yu nah eat, and mi see, some ah dem food dem a gimme no taste good. I told him to get a drive and go doctor, this last trip ah the longest Bop stay a hospital,” Chamberlain, who is a welder, said.
Gully Bop is survived by his children, Nicky, Debreka and Neko Malcolm. At the time of his death, the Wuk Offa Mi deejay was reportedly living with his mother in Grants Pen, a far cry from the dizzying heights of fame he reached between the years 2014 and 2016 when he was the toast of the dancehall world.
“We live in the same yard but he comes by when he feels like it,” Chamberlain explained.
Chamberlain doesn’t know how the funeral arrangements of Gully Bop will proceed given that he was believed to be almost penniless at the time of his death.
“That’s a question the family has to discuss together,” he said.