BREAKING: Billy Ocean has died in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — Music artiste Billy Ocean has died in Johannesburg, South Africa, Local radio Spice Fm reports.

According to the report, Billy Ocean was in South Africa on a personal visit and took ill suddenly on Saturday afternoon and died few minutes after being rushed to the hospital.

The cause of his death is not yet known.

Born Leslie Sebastian Charles, Billy Ocean is a Trinidadian-born English recording artist who had a string of R&B international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the most popular British R&B singer-songwriter of the early to mid-1980s.

After scoring his first four UK Top 20 successes, seven years passed before he accumulated a series of transatlantic successes, including three U.S. number ones. In 1985, Ocean won the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his worldwide hit, “Caribbean Queen”, and in 1987 was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male Artist.

He passed on at 66.