Dancehall artiste Wayne Marshall is holding faith and staying close to his family following reports that his father, who suffered a heart attack on Friday, is now in a critical state in the hospital.

“We are holding it….we are up by UWI, he is in a critical state. He had suffered a stroke before, so this is something I have prepared myself for over the past four years. I have to just stay close to mum and stay strong,” Wayne Marshall told Loop reporter Claude Mills.

Marshall maintains hope that his father will make a full recovery.

“We are not giving up, we are staying positive same way because people have bounced back from this. It doesn’t look good but sometimes the look is not the outcome,” said the artiste about his 66-year-old father.

A post to the singer’s Instagram page on Friday stated: “Please help me and my family send up prayers and positive energy for my father who suffered a massive heart attack and is now fighting in the hospital.

“He is my general, confidant (sic), best friend, advisor, biggest supporter, life coach and teacher. He is everything to me. We love him dearly. I thank the medical team for the effort and support.

We staying positive because the major part of the battle is in God hands and not mans (sic). Stay up Dad!” said Marshall, who has embraced a more spiritual side in his music recently.

Marshall is known for being a member of the Alliance and collaborations with Bounty Killer, Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man.

The Wolmer’s Boys’ School past student married fellow reggae/dancehall artist Tami Chynn in 2009.

He recently scored a gospel-flavored hit, ‘Glory to God’, which has racked up over 500,000 hits during the last two months.

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