Via RadioFacts, we’ve learned that an inside source on the Tom Joyner/Fantastic Voyage Cruise says Kemp was unable to board the ship during a stop in Montego Bay, Jamaica on Wednesday because he didn’t have his Residency Card.
Other celebrities like Jennifer Hudson and Earth, Wind and Fire boarded in Montego Bay for a performance that night but departed the same night.
Kemp was scheduled to perform on Friday as a surprise guest for a New Jack Swing segment late Friday night along with Christopher Williams, Chubb Rock and Teddy Riley, who was the producer of “Just Got Paid.” Instead, he was found dead floating on a beach in Montego Bay. As of this posting, the cause of death has not been established or released by officials.
Earlier, We Reported:
Kemp died Thursday (April 16) after falling and hitting his head while on the Tom Joyner Morning Cruise, according to The Root.
However, there are conflicting reports that he died after falling on rocks on the beach in Jamaica. Reportedly he was to join the cruise in Jamaica. Beyond that, details are still sketchy as to what exactly happened.
Reach Media, the company responsible for the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage, has issued the following statement:
“We have received confirmation that Johnny Kemp has passed away. We do not have any other details. We can confirm he was not on the ship for the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise.”
Born August 2, 1959, Kemp started singing in Bahamian nightclubs at age 13. He moved to New York in 1979 with the band “Kinky Fox.”
His self-titled debut album came out in 1986 and he scored a minor hit with “Just Another Lover.”
Kemp is survived by his wife Deidre and his two sons.