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Was of Sephardic Jewish descent on his fathers side. (

Was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2001). (

The City of New York renamed a portion of Church Avenue from Remsen Avenue to 98th Street in Brooklyn Bob Marley Boulevard (2006). (

Was taught to play the guitar by Peter Tosh. (

One of the personalities mentioned in the song "Genius of Love" by Tom Tom Club. The others mentioned were James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Hamilton Bohannon, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Kurtis Blow, Lowell `Sly` Dunbar (as Sly and Robbie) and Robbie Shakespeare (as Sly and Robbie). (

Inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture (11 November 2004). (

Tuff Gong was his nickname, given to him due to his reputed physical strength. Later, Marley started his own music production company and named it Tuff Gong. (

Lived in Germany for a few months in 1981 for treatment for his cancer. (

His youngest child, a daughter named Makeda, was born to Yvette Anderson 11 days after he died. (

During the last months of his life, he suffered from very serious seizures. (

Was named by his father Nesta Robert Marley after his brother who, when Bob was just born, wanted to adopt him. (

Was an avid and passionate footballer. (

Was a Rastafarian. (

The lyrics of his song "War" is a speech given in the United Nations by the late Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie. (

Was given a state funeral in Jamaica. (

Suffered from a form of skin cancer called malignant melanoma, which is not common among black people. It`s widely believed that Marley got this form of skin cancer because his father was white. (

Refused amputation of his cancer-affected toe due to his religious beliefs. (

Lived in the United States shortly in 1966. (

It was announced that his wife plans to have his remains exhumed and moved to Ethiopia (January 2005). (

Following the attempt on his life, he left Jamaica and lived in England between 1976 and 1978. In England he did not live with his wife Rita, but with Jamaican beauty queen Cindy Tavares-Finson. In fact, the song "Turn Your Lights Down Low" was written for her. They had a son together, Damian Marley. (

His song `Rasta Man Chant` is a traditional Rastafarian chant, known to every adherent of the faith. (

Considered by many to be the first superstar from the Third World. (

Was voted the third greatest lyricist of all time by BBC News Online users, following Bob Dylan and John Lennon (May 2001). (

Was arrested in England for possession of a joint of a marijuana. (

His album `Exodus` was chosen by Time magazine as the greatest album of the 20th century. (

Son of Cedella Booker. (

He was voted the 11th Greatest Rock `n` Roll Artist of all time by Entertainment Weekly. (

His song "One Love" has been used extensively for Jamaican tourism commercials. (

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. (

Born to Norval Sinclair Marley (1895-1955), a Jamaican Marine officer and captain of Welsh descent, who later became a plantation overseer, and his wife Cedella Booker. (

He is buried in a crypt at Nine Miles, near his birthplace, with his Gibson Les Paul Guitar, a soccer ball, a cannabis bud, and a Bible. (

His granddaughter Selah Louise was born on 18 November 1998. (

His grandson Zion David was born on 3 August 1997. (

A vegetarian. (

His posthumously released anthology collection "Legend" is one of the highest selling "greatest hits" recordings by a solo artist. (

His albums are in the process of digital remastering and are being re-released with additional material such as alternate versions and unused demos. (

Survived an assassination attempt, receiving minor injuries in the chest and arm (December 1976). (

Is father, with his wife Rita of Sharon Marley Prendergast (adopted), Cedella Marley, Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, and Stephanie (possibly adopted). He also had seven illegitimate children Rohan (b. 1972) (with Janet Dunn/Hunt), Robbie (b. 1972) (with Pat/Lucille Williams), Karen (b. 1973) (with Janet Bowen), Julian Marley (with Lucy Pounder), Damian Marley (with Cindy Tavares-Finson), Ky-Mani Marley (with Anita Belnavis) and Makeda Jahnesta who was born to Yvette Anderson/Crichton 11 days after he died in 1981. (

Marley was awarded the International Peace Medal by the African delegation to the United Nations in 1978. He was also an official guest at Zimbabwe`s independence celebration two years later, an honor Marley was quoted as saying was the highest he`d ever received. (

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