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UPDATED Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:45 p.m.

Police in the St. James parish of Jamaica have ruled out foul play in the death of Johnny Kemp, according to the Gleaner.

The Jamaican newspaper reports that Kemp was found face down in the water at a beach in Montego Bay on Thursday morning. The Jamaica Constabulatory Force released a statement saying they believe the R&B singer drowned, CNN reports.


Singer Johnny Kemp, best known for his hit “Just Got Paid,” died Thursday. He was 55-years-old. The details surrounding his death are unknown at this time.

Initial reports state the Bahamas-born singer died while on a cruise hosted by radio personality Tom Joyner. However, Reach Media, the company that produces The Tom Joyner Morning Show, confirmed that Kemp was not on the ship at the time of his passing.

“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,” the statement reads.

Reach Media is affiliated with the parent company of NewsOne.

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