From Obi Pindling, leader of Visage and close family friend…
“I have been asked by the family of Bahamian cultural giant, recording artist and entertainer par excellence, Mr. Franklyn H. Ellis more affectionately known as “Count Bernadino”, to formally announce his passing shortly after midnight today at Doctor’s Hospital with his dear and loving wife, Juanita, at his bedside. He was 92 years old.
As many of you may know, for the past eighteen (18) months or so, “Count” has been bed-ridden and unable to walk, as he battled heart and thyroid issues. A more detailed statement along with funeral arrangements will be given at a later date.
On behalf of my own family, the Visage family, the entire music and entertainment industry of our beloved Bahamas and Bahamians everywhere, I wish to extend condolences and deepest sympathies to his wife, children (especially my very close and dear friends, Joey, Nita and Mia) and his extended family. We all offer our prayers that the Lord strengthens all of you at this very difficult time.
May his soul rest in peace. Amen.”