• Today
    September 20

  • 07:30 AM

Smokey Burke passes


Added 26 February 2020


Smokey Burke (FILE)

The entertainment fraternity has lost veteran William “Smokey” Burke.

The 69-year-old passed away today, two days after he was hospitalised. He leaves behind friends and family, including his daughters Sharon, Keara and Camille, and sisters Jacqueline and Delcia Burke.

Illness forced Smokey to forfeit his spot in the Pic-O-De-Crop Finals in August 2018.

Last year, the cancer survivor acknowledged he wasn’t back to 100 per cent, but said he was improving as the days went on.

On September 28, bandleader and manager of Glamorous Productions and Neu-Jenarashun, Susan Grogan, spearheaded an event in Toronto, Canada, where members of that community raised funds to go toward Smokey’s medical expenses totaling CAN$8 000.

Additionally, close friend and celebrated jockey Patrick Husbands contributed CAN$3 000 to the cause via Elius Fanus.

Smokey developed sepsis and suffered a stroke during the 2018 Crop over season. In August that year, entertainers came together to stage the concert, This One’s For Smokey. In December, several made a stop at his St Michael home to serenade him as part of the Love Day Celebrations.

Merle Niles told Nation News that the “entertainment fraternity has lost a member of its family. Smokey fought long and hard". (NS/SAT)


Dos and Donts

Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus


Instead of an announcement via the Throne Speech, should Barbadians decide via referendum whether the country becomes a republic?