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Saturday, April 01, 2006
Sol Raye dies
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Sol Raye

Guyanese singing legend Sol Raye died yesterday afternoon in the Royal Marsden Hospital in London at just after 2 pm BST. He had been fighting prostate cancer for several years.

He was returned to the hospital 11 days ago just two weeks after discharge from his previous visit. He was earlier this week given just two weeks to live.

Raye (real name Deryck Marshall Corbin) was the older brother of Guyana's PNCR Leader Robert Corbin, who left Guyana for London yesterday to join his sister Tessa Carter and the rest of the family.

The funeral is expected to take place next Wednesday, April 5, at Kensal Green Crematorium close by Sol's West London Home.

Raye, a true Guyanese icon, sang beautifully and entertained audiences on both sides of the Atlantic for nearly four decades. He looked like Nat 'King' Cole and he also sang like him.

Sol Raye emigrated to the UK four decades ago and lived in London. He served his time in menial jobs like paint spraying until making his career in show-business.

Sol was a much liked and respected figure in the UK Diaspora making regular appearances such as at the flood relief concert in February 2005. This February he was hospitalised and unable to either perform or to collect his well deserved Guyana High Commission (UK) Award.