Johnny Nash, ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ singer, dead at 80

Singer Johnny Nash, known for 1972 hit “I Can See Clearly Now,” died Tuesday. He was 80.

His son confirmed his death to CBS Los Angeles, noting he passed at home. Nash died the same day as guitarist Eddie Van Halen, who had been battling cancer.

Born John Lester Nash, the Texas native sang at churches growing up in Houston and made his professional debut in 1957 with “A Teenager Sings the Blues.” His debut on the charts came in 1958 with a cover of Doris Day’s “A Very Special Love.”

Nash later went on to reach mega-star status with “I Can See Clearly Now,” which has sold over one million copies after it was released in 1972.

He was also known for reggae, according to his website, which says he was one of the first non-Jamaican singers to record reggae music in Kingston, Jamaica.

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