The Bonner family is mourning the loss of Violet 'Auntie Vie' Bonner, mother of reggae musicians Richie Spice, Pliers, Spanner Banner and Snatcha Lion, who died on Monday at the Medical Associates Hospital in St Andrew at the age of 74.
The brothers are very saddened by the loss of their mother, who Spanner Banner said was a constant source of motivation for them. "Well, it's been kinda rough because my mother was always dear to me. When you have that kinda support and it just gone suh, it kinda hard to cope with it," a saddened Spanner Banner shared.
He went on to mention that she died as a result of being ill with diabetes along with other complications, but said that they had not yet received the autopsy. The family has since been trying to cope and remain strong.
"Everybody haffi a hold up and a stay strong. It kinda shake up the family a way," he said. Richie Spice is currently on tour in Europe, however, Ralston Barrett of RAB Entertainment who has worked with the Bonner family as a publicist over the years told The STAR that: "Richie Spice is actually overseas but he got the news earlier today, and he didn't take it easy at all as you would expect."
Richie Spice's nephew and grandson to Violet Bonner, Fontano Thompson, also spoke with The STAR saying that the news has been traumatic for the family. "Boy the family is traumatised, is some wicked circumstances. We try wi best but it seems like is not we have the last word," he said.