Glen Simmonds founder of Atlanta jerk fest has died

His wife told reported that they were planning for this year’s event when Simmonds suffered a heart attack at home. She said paramedics failed to revive him and he was pronounced dead at WellStar Cobb Hospital.

In 2013 in an interview he said he started the jerk festival in 2006 in “somebody’s backyard.”

It grew to become a staple on Atlanta’s West Indian calendar, attracting thousands of fans and top artistes. This year’s show is scheduled for September 1 at the Southeast Athletic Complex in Lithonia, a city just outside of Atlanta.

A graduate of York Castle High School in St Ann, Simmonds migrated to the United States in 1986. He attended Morehouse College.

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