Professor Honourable Ralston ‘Rex’ Nettleford, OM (Order of Merit, Jamaica’s third highest award), passed yesterday, at the George Washington Hospital, in Washington, DC, USA. Professor Nettleford was in Washington, DC, to attend a fundraiser for the University of the West Indies when he collapsed at his hotel. It was reported that he suffered a cardiac arrest which resulted in brain injury. He was taken to the hospital in an unconscious state and never regained consciousness. Professor Nettleford was one of Jamaica’s finest sons. He was an intellectual, a stalwart, and a regional and global icon. He was an author, academic, orator, choreographer, dancer, and cultural advocate. He passed hours before his 77 birthday, which would have been today.