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LA names day in honour of reggae great Bob Marley

August 7 celebrates Jamaican who died in 1981 aged 36

Image Credit: AP
Children of reggae icon Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, left, and sister Karen Marley, pose with a copy the proclamation after the announcement by the Los Angeles City Council declaring Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012 Bob Marley Day in Los Angeles. Marley was 36 when he died of cancer in 1981. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

It's Bob Marley Day in Los Angeles.

The City Council proclaimed the day Tuesday in honour of the Jamaican reggae legend whose string of hits include "I Shot the Sheriff" and "No Woman, No Cry."

Marley was 36 when he died of cancer in 1981 but his children Ziggy and Karen were on hand for the honour. With Councilman Joe Buscaino leading from the podium, they joined in singing a verse from Marley's "Redemption Song."

Buscaino says Marley's music "brought people together in times of trouble."

The proclamation coincides with the DVD release of the documentary "Marley."

Ziggy Marley also is a noted musician and has a home in Los Angeles.