Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre and former West Indies captain Daren Sammy have posted tributes on social media for musician Francis “Leebo” De Lima who passed away on Friday, March 23, 2018.
De Lime had been battling cancer for some time.
Chastanet wrote on his official Facebook page: “My sincerest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Francis Leebo De Lima. Saying goodbye to someone we love is always difficult especially a talented individual such as Leebo who has touched so many of us with his music and kind deeds. May you find comfort in all the fun filled memories that you shared with him.??”
Pierre wrote on his official Opposition Facebook page: “I wish to express condolences to the family and friends of Francis ‘Leebo’ De Lima. Indeed our country, region and the world has lost a great musical talent. May his soul rest in peace.”
Writing on his Twitter page, Sammy said: “I probably met you a handful of times but everyone who talks about you only have great things to say. St Lucia has lost an Icon. Condolence to his family and friends. May your legacy live on. #RipLeebo #StLucianIcon”
The Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) also paid tribute to the “dedicated producer, songwriter, engineer, performance artist, mentor, and friend”.
The CDF said De Lima was a founding member of the Kronic Heights Crew in 2000 and his music label Heights Music, provided services which included writing, production, mixing and mastering of music for Saint Lucian artists including Shayne Ross, Cherry L, Trish, Level 4, Christopher Hunte and Linda “Chocolate” Berthier.
“He was passionate about developing quality sound as part of the Saint Lucian music product and his work ethic was unmatched. In 2013, during the National Arts Festival (NAF), the CDF recognized Francis “Leebo” DeLima as a featured composer for his influence and impact on Saint Lucian music. May we always remember his contribution as we continue to strive towards excellence as a proud Saint Lucian people,” the CDF said in a statement.