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Ranking Trevor, pioneer of rap reggae killed in Jamaica

One of the leading figures of 1970s rap reggae music, has died in a traffic accident in Jamaica, aged 60.

Ranking Trevor was one of the pioneers of Jamaican rapping known as "toasting" that inspired hip-hop.

His songs, Caveman Skank, and Three Piece Chicken and Chips featured in the UK charts, where he lived for more than 20 years.

His career declined in the 1980s and he returned to Jamaica a decade later.

Born Maxwell Grant, Ranking Trevor recorded mainly for the Channel One studio in Kingston, Jamaica, which had a profound influence on the development of reggae music.

The musician's brother, Robert Grant, says he was killed on Tuesday after he was knocked off his motorcycle.

Police have not commented on the crash.

Ranking Trevor is survived by his mother, eight siblings and 15 children.