In 1977 Marley found an injury on his big toe which he thought was a result of a soccer game, Marley had tests and a diagnosis of the injury to find that he had malignant melanoma, a type of skin cancer, under his toenail. Although he refused to have the toe amputated, he did undergo surgery to try and cure cancer. Cancer finally spread from his toe to his stomach, lungs and his brain. He eventually passes away in 1981.
Bob Marley has been and still is an inspiration to many people of various races. People of all ages try to imitate Marley’s look and his way of life. Copying Marley’s dreadlocks, also known as dreads, are one of the most common ways. Many people backcomb their hair to obtain dreadlocks; depending on the type of hair that person has this can be easy or hard.
Bob Marley’s hair was easy to style in dreads, being of part black origin, his hair was tougher than that of a Caucasian. Marley washed his hair but never combed it, using a special type of wax known as bee wax; helps maintain the dreadlocks in place. It takes years to finally achieve long, thick dreadlocks like those of Bob Marley, who has always had them. Being a Rastafarian Marley followed the religions rules to keep your body as a whole, including maintaining his dreads.