Iconic Jamaican Politician Dies: Dr DK Duncan Wiki, Biography, Age, Wife, Net Worth
Dr. DK Duncan, the iconic Jamaican member of parliament, has died at the age of 80. Duncan’s death came on September 17. His death comes less than a month after he was diagnosed with COVID-19. Duncan’s death was announced in a Facebook post from Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Holness said, “It is with very deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Former Cabinet Member, Member of Parliament for Eastern Hanover, and East Central St. Andrew, Dr. D.K Duncan.” Holness added that Duncan was “known for his commitment and service to his country.” Duncan is survived by his wife, Beverley, and his five children.
A statement, via The Jamaica Observer, of the party Duncan represented during his political career, the National People’s Party, said that during his career, Duncan “was not afraid to challenge the status quo, speak his truth, and defend the equality or all. “The statement ended by saying,” He believed that collectively we could build a better Jamaica. “The statement also thanked the medical staff at University Hospital of the West Indies.
PNP leader Dr. Peter Phillips said in a statement that Duncan died from complications stemming from his COVID-19 diagnosis. Phillips said he met Duncan in the late 1960s, following Jamaica’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1962. Phillips added: “There was no question that he deeply loved the Jamaican people and served them diligently, personally and professionally. . . “The Jamaica Observer reported that Duncan was given a case of COVID-19 as a ‘precaution’ after he showed signs of the virus.
Thank you Daddy for a life well lived, for a legacy of Strength and Principle, for a whole heap of love!!!
Rest In Peace Daddy ❤️🕊 pic.twitter.com/9MvJJOHybW
— Patricia Duncan Sutherland (@patsutherlandja) September 17, 2020
During his political career, Duncan served concurrently as a government minister, member of parliament, regional president, and general secretary. In addition to his political activities, Duncan was a practicing dentist. In 1977, Duncan was appointed Minister of National Mobilization and Human Resources. Duncan had previously worked as a campaign manager for the PNP. In August 2019, Duncan received the Order of Distinction, Commander Rank for his service to the electoral commission in Jamaica.
In Jamaica’s September 2020 general election, two of his daughters, Imani Duncan-Price and Patricia Duncan-Sutherland, ran unsuccessfully. Her son, Keith Duncan, is the director of the Jamaica Private Sector Organization. Patricia Duncan = Sutherland paid tribute to her father in a Facebook post that read: “Thank you Daddy for a life well lived, for a legacy of strength and principle, for a lot of love !!!”
Duncan’s first wife, Grace Duncan, died on September 10, 2010, after being diagnosed with an unspecified terminal illness. Throughout her life, Grace Duncan had been a dedicated fighter for the rights of the disabled. Her efforts were recognized in 2004 when the Jamaican government awarded her the Order of Distinction, Commander Class. DK Duncan said at the time of his wife’s passing: “She had a deep love and respect for the culture and people of Jamaica. Jamaica was her passion and she lived it in a practical sense ”.
Duncan remarried in January 2012 when he married Beverley Anderson-Manley in Kingston. The wedding was planned by Duncan’s daughter, Patricia, Jamaica Gleaner reported at the time.