The wake-keeping and funeral of Quincy B, one of the most influential artists over the past five years in Liberia who died in a tragic motor accident, will be on be held tomorrow, Friday, March 24, to be followed by a funeral service on Saturday, March 25, both at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
The late music icon, 23, died on his way from an impromptu performance at Anglers Bar and restaurant in Monrovia.
Entering into mainstream music at the age of 19 with the single “Dream,” Quincy B released more than 10 singles, with 15 unreleased songs which are expected to drop soon.
Before his death, he became the youngest artists in Liberia’s struggling music history to become a brand ambassador for a major telecommunications company, Lonestar Cell MTN.
However, since his death, an investigation to establish the cause, manner and circumstances surrounding his death has not been carried out by the Liberia National Police (LNP). Moreover, the family of the late R&B star agreed not to conduct an autopsy report to verify claims that he was drunk while driving that fateful morning.
Quincy B, whose real name is Quincy L. Burrowes, was born on April 24, 1993 in Liberia before migrating to Ivory Coast where he started singing in a local Lutheran church choir at an early age.
Actives for the wake-keeping and funeral
According to Lewiz McCarthy, the manager of fallen music icon, Quincy B’s remains will arrive at the ATS (Antoinette Tubman Stadium) ‘by 6:00 p.m.’ under heavy security. The official program for the wake-keeping, he said, will start ‘by 7:30 p.m.,’ and will run up to the next day – the day of the funeral service, which will take place at the same location in the morning hours.
“Due to security reasons which have to do with crowd control, we cannot not reveal to the public the exact time the remains of the late Quincy B will be removed from the St. Moses Funeral Home. We are sorry if anyone feels hurt,” Lewiz said.
He added that the funeral service is expected to end ‘by 1:30 p.m.,’ followed by interment outside Monrovia.
Lewiz has meanwhile denied reports that fans will have to pay entry fees for the wake and funeral services of the late R&B star.
“Let me make this categorical clearly, anyone caught taking money from people, as entry is free for the wake and funeral services, will be serious punished. Absolutely, no one is allowed to engage in such a criminal act, which undermines the legacy of the late music icon.
“Matter of fact, the presence of security personals will be visible in and out of the stadium to address any unrest or arrest anyone who will be trying to collect or solicit entry fees from fans and sympathizers,” Lewiz added.
Lewiz further called on individuals printing t-shirts with the late artist’s image to either desist (stop) or face lawsuits.
“It pains my heart to see people making money off Quincy B’s death, instead of mourning him. This is total wickedness; and we are urging them to stop now! Also, I am calling on all loyal fans of the late Quincy B not to purchase any t-shirt with his photo on it until we say so,” Lewiz added.