Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Panman Ken 'Professor' Philmore dies at hospital

Pan icon Ken “Professor” Philmore has passed away at hospital. 

Philmore succumbed to injuries sustained in an accident last Monday around 9.30 am on Sunday.

He was warded at the Intensive Care Unit of the San Fernando Hospital where he remained in serious condition since undergoing surgery on September 25.

According to police reports, Philmore was heading north along the Solomon Hochoy Highway on the Republic Day holiday when his van skidded off the road. He was on his way home after performing at a show in San Fernando.

The vehicle flipped several times, throwing him some distance away.

He landed in the roadway, suffering serious injuries. 

San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello has described Philmore's passing as a "loss to the pan fraternity."

San Fernando East MP and Minister of Tourism Randall Mitchell said he was saddened by the tragic loss.

"He brought a level of excellence to the artform that can never be duplicated.

He has left an indelible mark on the steelband community and our national culture.

As Minister of Tourism, Member of Parliament and fellow San Fernando East resident I am truly saddened by this news.

My condolences go out to the family and friends of the Philmores. May he rest in peace".

The Ministry of Culture also offered their condolences on learning of the pan icon's passing.

"We join the nation in mourning the loss of Ken Professor Philmore who passed away this morning, Sunday September 30, 2018. 

A steelpan arranger, composer and pan man extraordinaire, he took his passion for our national instrument across the world.

We extend condolences to his family, friends and colleagues in the pan fraternity, May he Rest In Peace."


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