Wild Life dies of heart attack
Wild Life

Wild Life, a journeyman artiste best known for the 2014 song Old Corolla, died July 31 of a heart attack. He was 55 years old.

His son Akeem Scott told the Jamaica Observer that the singer died at the Kingston Public Hospital.

Born George Scott, the jocular Wild Life was from Mason River in Clarendon. He began his recording career in 2000 with the self-produced song Wuk so Hard.

Throughout his career, Wild Life consistently recorded songs for producers in Europe where he toured twice. They include Stand Like Warriors, a collaboration with Chalice, which was produced by Unrulee Records out of the United Kingdom.

Life Saver, another of Wild Life's songs, was produced by Ever Blazing Productions.

His lone hit was Old Corolla, a humorous reggae-Latin rocker that became the dreadlocked artiste's signature. In a 2015 interview with the Observer, Wild Life said he was never frustrated at not achieving mainstream success.

"It depends on your promotional machinery and how hard you push. I get a lot of play overseas and some stations here. Right now, I'm putting the right structures in place so more of my music will get more presence," he said.

George "Wild Life" Scott is survived by wife Carlene Ferguson, three sons, one daughter and a grandson. A candlelight vigil is scheduled for his former home (27 Kings Avenue in Richmond Park) on July 9.

— Howard Campbell

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