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Reggae musician Winston Riley, 65

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Winston Riley, an innovative reggae musician and producer, has died of complications from a gunshot wound. He was 65.

Riley died Thursday at University Hospital of the West Indies, where he had been a patient since November, when he was shot at his house in Kingston, his son Kurt Riley said Friday. Riley also had been shot in August and was stabbed in September last year. His record store in Kingston also was burned down several years ago. Police have said they know of no motives and have not arrested anyone.

Kurt Riley said the family did not know what motivated the attacks.

As a teenager, Riley founded an influential harmony group, The Techniques. Riley also toured with Byron Lee and later gained fame for producing songs such as "Double Barrel" by Dave Barker and Ansell Collins.

He worked with artists including Gregory Isaacs, Johnny Osbourne, Sister Nancy and Buju Banton.

Musicologist Kingsley Goodison, who knew Riley for more than 40 years, said he was one of the people responsible for introducing reggae to England. "Winston Riley is an unsung hero," he said. Riley also is credited with creating the stalag rhythm, which later influenced hip-hop.

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