Boom Dandimite, a former member of the renowned Scare Dem Crew, tragically passed away in a hospital in the United States this morning. The dancehall artist had been recovering from a severe car accident he suffered in April but experienced a major relapse that led to his untimely demise.
According to a reliable source, Boom Dandimite had traveled to the United States recently. However, upon disembarking from the plane, he collapsed and began foaming at the mouth. He was promptly rushed to a nearby hospital but unfortunately succumbed to his condition this morning. Doctors in the United States reportedly found blood clots, various complications, pneumonia, and they also noted that some of his medical issues had been neglected during his previous treatment in Jamaica.
The car accident occurred in late April on Half Way Tree road near a popular bakery. Another up-and-coming dancehall artist, Wilful Skilful, was also involved in the incident but was discharged from the hospital and sent home, while Boom Dandimite, whose real name was Herman Stewart, remained hospitalized. Days later, he was discharged from the Kingston Public Hospital.
Wilful Skilful expressed profound distress upon learning of his friend’s passing. Tearfully, he recounted how Bounty Killer informed him that Boom had flown to the United States, only to receive numerous phone calls bearing the devastating news.
The dancehall community mourns the loss of Boom Dandimite, who played a significant role in the Scare Dem Crew, alongside Nitty Kutchie, Harry Toddler, and Elephant Man during the 1990s. The crew, closely associated with Bounty Killer, achieved considerable success in the dancehall scene, with hits like ‘Pure Gal’ and ‘Many Many’.
Boom Dandimite was scheduled to perform at Reggae Sumfest on July 21 as part of the Boombox 90’s Badness lineup, alongside esteemed artists such as General B, Harry Toddler, Jigsy King, Mega Banton, Nitty Kutchie, Silver Cat, and Tony Curtis. The void left by his passing will undoubtedly be felt during the event, as fans and fellow musicians alike pay tribute to his contributions to dancehall music.