He was the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica, serving from 1980 to 1989, and was the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party from 1974 to 2005.
He served as Leader of the Opposition from 1974 to 1980, and again from 1989 until January 2005.
Statement from Prime Minister Andrew Holness
It is with great sadness that I inform the nation of the passing of the Most Honourable Edward Phillip George Seaga, the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica.
He transitioned today at approximately 1:00 pm Jamaica time. Mr Seaga was receiving treatment in the United States and had his family with him.
Today marks his 89th birthday.
The family of Mr Seaga has asked me to express gratitude on their behalf for the many prayers and messages of comfort and support offered by the people of Jamaica.
The necessary arrangements are in place for Mr Seaga’s body to be flown back to Jamaica at the earliest possible time.