Members of the Jamaican theatre community, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, government officials, and fans are expressing condolences following the death of actor, and comedian Winston ‘Bello’ Bell, who was best known for being one-half of the gifted comedic duo, Bello and Blakka.
On Instagram, Prime Minister Andrew Holness remembered Bello as an exceptionally talented actor, comedian, and prominent Jamaican. The PM also expressed condolences to his family.
Minister of Culture Olivia Babsy Grange via her official Instagram account, said she is saddened by his passing and expressed her sincerest condolences to Winston’s family, relatives, friends, and associates, and everyone involved in theatre and film.
In 1985, Winston ‘Bello’ Bell and Owen ‘Blakka’ Ellis decided they would combine their acting and comic talent to form the duo ‘Bello and Blakka’. Years later, they went solo, but got back together in 2015 to mark their 13th anniversary with a series of shows.
Blakka Ells via social media shared a black and white picture of himself and Bello which he captioned, “Winston Alexander Bell. I have too many stories to tell.”
A veteran of theatre in Jamaica, Winston ‘Bello’ Bell, also distinguished himself in film with roles in productions such as Third World Cop and One Love.
He was also a pastor who operated the Time Out for Jesus Worldwide Ministry.
Bishop Winston Alexander Bell died on Saturday (April 15, 2023) after experiencing medical complications associated with neuropathy, at the age of 62.