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Condolences pour in for fashion industry mogul Kingsley Cooper

Condolences have been pouring in for the founder of Pulse Investments Limited, Kingsley Cooper.

71-year-old Cooper passed away late Tuesday (June 18) after a brief bout of illness at a hospital in Florida.

A pioneer in the fashion and modelling industry, Cooper’s work has been recognized by entities such as Vogue, the BBC and Fashion Television.

News of Cooper’s passing has been met with an outpouring of condolences from family, friends and his former Kingston College classmates.

Leader of the People’s National Party (PNP), Mark Golding, reacting to news of Cooper’s passing, noted that he was deeply saddened and shared condolences for his family and close friends.

“I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Kingsley Cooper. Kingsley, co-founder of Pulse and a pioneer of Jamaica’s fashion industry, also enjoyed a period as a leading promoter of historic reggae concerts of the highest quality,” said Golding

“An attorney-at-law who charted new business opportunities in the creative industries and real estate, the Peter Tosh Museum is also part of his great legacy to Jamaica. Kingsley was urbane, suave and had great generosity of spirit. My heartfelt condolences go out to Romae, Safia, Carolyn and other family and close friends. Walk Good Kingsley 🕊️,” he added.

Cooper’s schoolmates from his formative years at Kingston College also shared condolences describing him as an example for the nation.

“Rest in peace Kingsley! You have done your country proud and have left a rich legacy,” said a former classmate online.

“Former Head Boy of Kingston College, attorney at law and Mr Pulse International, Kingsley Cooper, has transitioned. Walk good. #FortisForever,” added another friend.

Beginning in the 1980s, Cooper built a modelling business, later going on to create an annual fashion show called Caribbean Week.

Cooper later laid down roots in the real estate/ hospitality sector with his Villa Ronai operations and the Pulse Centre at 38A Trafalgar Road in Kingston.

In 2016, Cooper announced plans to step down as CEO of Pulse Investments giving his daughter, Safia Cooper, the reigns of the company while staying on as chairman.

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