Family, friends stunned by DeFosto's death

Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Winston Scarborough aka Calypsonian “The Original De Fosto Himself” performs during the ‘Football For a Cause’ match at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, recentlyTrinidad & Tobago. W.I. -  Just three days after the calypso fraternity said farewell to the Mighty Shadow, De Original De Fosto Himself (Winston Scarborough) died of a suspected heart attack yesterday morning.

De Fosto, who suffered from heart problems, was discovered at his Morvant residence by his son Gabriel, who also resides with him.

Yesterday, in shock and too distraught to say much, Gabriel said: “I was daddy’s boy. I lived with him in Morvant and this thing is a real shock as daddy hasn’t been sick. Last night (Thursday), he complained of not feeling well and this morning I already had on my work clothes when he died. I still have on my clothes for work.

“Daddy and I were very close, like how a father and son are supposed to be. He used to ask me my opinion on the calypsoes he would compose. This Friday really isn’t going good for me.”

De Fosto, 64, also had an older son, Marvin, who resides in New York.

National Carnival Commission (NCC) Winston “Gypsy” Peters was one of the first cultural officials to express sadness at De Fosto’s passing.

“I am in shock; utter shock. I haven’t even gotten over Shadow as yet, and now Winston gone too,” Peters said.
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