Barrett died at his home in Mount Salem, St James on Sunday morning.
He was first featured in The Star in April 2016, when he was pleading for help to go overseas to treat what was then a mysterious growth on his face.
Barrett’s story captivated Jamaicans and caught the attention of Prime Minister Andrew Holness who made a commitment to assist him with getting treatment overseas. He had been suffering from a facial tumour for years before he underwent, with the assistance of Carty, what was then a potentially life-saving surgery in the United States last year.
However, the treatment he received in the United States was unable to win him the battle against the disease.
In an interview with Lopp, Shena Carty of Jamaican Madhouse, the group that was instrumental in raising funds for Barrett to undergo surgery in an effort to save his life, stated that while she was saddened over Barrett’s death, she was happy that he was finally at peace.
“He is her only son so it was very hard for her … She was struggling at first to come to terms with his death but has since made peace with it,” Carty said.