Roger Steffens, author of So Much Things to Say, claims the "I Shot the Sheriff singer" — who still carried a failed assassin's bullet in his arm from an earlier attack in his native Jamaica — paid the Mafia for protection because he feared another ambush.
According to Steffens, Marley brokered the deal with the late Joe (Piney) Armone at Sparks Steak House — the future site of crime boss Paul Castellano's rubout, just five years later.
The wise guys did their job — but no one could save Marley from the cancer that took his life the very next year.
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