Arif Cooper reportedly passed away in the hospital after falling at an event when he was doing a set in the corporate area.
Cooper is the son of Third World’s legendary founder, Michael “Ibo” Cooper.
Arif was married to Simone Clarke, a fellow television celebrity. They shared a daughter but later got divorced.
Arif was a well-known radio host on FAME FM, the sister station of Radio Jamaica’s 94FM and HitzFM, where his music choices captured listeners’ attention for more than 20 years.
His foray into music outside of radio as a disc jockey stretches back to the 1990s.
As a music producer, he has collaborated with some of Jamaica’s greatest musicians, including Vybz Kartel, Wayne Marshall, and Sean Paul.
On Saturday, he uploaded one of his final musical productions to Instagram. Its title was “So Much to Give Thanks For,” and Ginjah was featured.
“Always Grateful, Always Thankful #MostHigh,” Cooper captioned the snippet of the song.
Many tributes have been pouring in for the late disc jockey since news of his death surfaced early Sunday morning.
Dancehall artiste and songwriter, Gwhizz, wrote on Instagram: “Supa coop the legend. You have definitely impacted the world and myself, thanks for everything fam.”
On Twitter, Jamaican singer Nadine Sutherland tweeted: “Because of the large number of deaths I’ve experienced over the last couple years, I feel like I’m an OG.
“But waking up to the news of Arif Cooper’s transition hit me like a ton of bricks! My heart is breaking for Ibo, Joy, his children, family, friends and fans. What is man?”
Another popular disk jockey and media personality, ZJ Sparks, tweeted: “RIP Arif. No words.”