DEEJAY John Wayne, who rose to prominence during the 1980s with the hit song Call the Police, died on Thursday, January 30, at the Kingston Public Hospital.

His brother, deejay Patrick ‘Penny Irie’ Cephas, told Splash the cause of death was renal failure.

John Wayne, whose real name was Norval Headley, was 51 years old.

His career started with sound systems such as Black Scorpio, Studio Mix and Kilamanjaro. In 1983, he made his first trip to New York City for promoter and radio personality Clinton Lindsay.

He broke through in 1985 with Call the Police, done on the sensational Sleng Teng beat produced by Lloyd ‘King Jammys’ James.

John Wayne

John Wayne

He had another hit in the 1980s with Mi Nuh Response.

Norval ‘John Wayne’ Headley is survived by seven children and eight grandchildren.

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