September 22, 2016
Tessanne Chin
Guidance counsellor Jacqueline Whilby attends to John Wilson, goalkeeper for the St Georges College football team, and schoolmate Leonardo Cunningham yesterday, at the thanksgiving devotion for the life of the school's football captain, Dominic James, who died on Tuesday.
Christopher Martin

Much like the sporting fraternity, the music industry was plunged into mourning on Tuesday evening following news of the passing of young footballer Dominic James. 

Still fresh in the minds of many Jamaicans, several entertainers used social media to express condolences and to send their love and support to the deceased’s family.

Tessanne Chin, Mr Vegas, Jenny Jenny, Miss Kitty, Christopher Martin, Dutty Berry and Magnum King and Queen of Dancehall winner, Clymaxx, were among those who took to social media to express sadness at the untimely passing of someone described as a promising talent in local football.

Revealing that he had met James in person, Christopher Martin described him as someone who loved football, echoing the sentiments of countless others.

“What is life if you don't live it doin wah you love,” he posted. “Met dis lil genna and he really loved to play ball. Sorry it ended the way it did, but sleep easy mi balla and play in heaven.”

Tessanne Chin also offered prayers for his family, hoping that they would be comforted in this time of bereavement.

“Prayers going up for his family and friends. I'm so sorry for your loss,” she posted to her Facebook page.

In her post popular media personality Jenny Jenny was very emotional, and attracted the attention of several other Facebook users.

“Father I come to you with sincerity within. I beg you please, give his parents strength. Please visit the parents. Be their arms and legs when those fail. Guide and guard them Lord. Help the parents of Dominic James to smile again,” she said.

Dominic James passed away while receiving treatment at the University Hospital of the West Indies on Tuesday after collapsing on the Stadium East field shortly after the match between St George's College and Excelsior High School had just started. He was 18 years old and would have celebrated his birthday on September 26.

Since news of James’ death broke on Tuesday evening a cloud of sadness has blanketed much of the island. The manner in which the young player died shocked many persons as he appeared to be in good health prior to collapsing on the pitch. His team mates were a picture of grief on Tuesday evening as they struggled to come to terms with the news. It was clear on Wednesday morning that the news was still fresh as students wept openly at a devotion held inside the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston.

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