It's a fairly well-known fact among Bob Marley's
fans that he died of cancer, which began as skin cancer on his foot but later spread to his lungs and brain. What's lesser-known, though, is that death may have been preventable, but would have required an amputation, which Marley turned down. As a devout Rastafarian, Marley believed that the body is meant to be kept whole and that amputation is a sin. Additionally, some Rastafarians believe that physical immortality (staying alive in your actual body) is possible, and by acknowledging one's own death ensures that it'll happen soon. This decision led to a great deal of dissent within the Rastafarian community, as well as among non-Rastas worldwide, but what I think everyone can agree on is that Bob Marley's death left a huge void in the reggae community, and in the music community at large. Learn more about the death of this legend.