Vybz Kartel is very much alive and well despite some new rumors claiming that the self-proclaim Worl’Boss committed suicide in prison.
Earlier this week several publications within the dancehall blogosphere reported that Vybz Kartel committed suicide behind bars.
Several of the “Dancehall Hero” fans have been asking Dancehall HipHop on social media if Vybz Kartel committed suicide.
A close source to the incarcerated dancehall star exclusively told Dancehall HipHop that the reports are bogus.
“Addi [Vybz Kartel] is alive and in good health and good spirit,” the source told us. “I visit him regularly and he is aware of these rumors some people spreading just to get traffic on their sites. But we are focus on the appeal and will not be deterred by these low life.”
The source, who visits Vybz Kartel regularly behind bars, told us that he is now awaiting on a hearing for his appeal.
“The appeal docs are now with the court of appeal who will then set a hearing, so we expect the first hearing sometime by the end of the year or early next year,” the source told us.
Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison after being convicted for the 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. His protege Shawn “Storm” Campbell and close friends Kahira Jones and Andre St John were also convicted and given life sentences.
Vybz Kartel will be eligible for parole in 35 years, while Shawn Storm and Jones will have to serve 25 years, and St John 30, before they become eligible for parole.
All four men are appealing the conviction, citing multiple problems with the case including police tampering with evidence.