Jamie Thomas,media personality and programme manager of gospel station W107.1, has died.
Thomas,46, is said to have passed.
The cause of death has not been confirmed.
Thomas was known for his work on gospel radio where he is recognised as being a pioneer, bringing a contemporary approach to gospel programming and pushing Caribbean gospel music through his work on channels such as Tempo Network.
Frederick Morton, the founder of Tempo, was very distraught over Thomas' passing.
He told Loop News they spoke two days ago and were working on a major project.
"It is a 17-year relationship. He tells the story often of how he reached out to me when Tempo was launching, he didn't expect to get a response and he almost hit the floor when he got the email back. He said he was coming to New York and I said when you come, contact me and we did meet and I told him the network is going to be forever because God is in it and I said God is going to protect it and bless it," he recalled.
"From that time I told Jamie we will have a show and call it Rise and Shine and he is the perfect candidate to host it and it will play every day and run through the veins of the channel. He became the first and only host associated with that part of the brand," said Morton stressing that their project must go on now. he said to remember Thomas, Tempo will run a marathon of all his work with the network.
Thomas first made his mark on television shows such as Body Beat and Party Time where he danced and lip-synched with the group Zero Defect.
The group eventually rebranded to Joshua Generation and became the first Christian dance group in the country.
Thomas grabbed headlines in 2019 as the Artistic Coordinator for Carifesta XIV where his concept of the Carifesta village wowed all who passed through.
Thomas leaves to mourn his wife Keisha.