Cassell, who was known in the entertainment world as the Mighty Arrow, lost his fight with a brain tumor that was diagnosed in early 2009. He died at his home in Montserrat, following a short hospitalization in nearby Antigua, after developing a bout of pneumonia.
Though no specifics are known on the plans for his funeral, countless of fellow calypsonians from the Leeward Islands and other Caribbean countries, have stated their intentions to travel to Montserrat to pay their last respects, to the man who is most credited for putting soca music on the international stage, especially with his big hit -Hot, Hot, Hot, which was released in 1982.
Grenadian, Mighty Sparrow, who is hailed as the calypso king of the world, told reporters that Arrow was like the Bob Marley of soca.
Sparrow, whose real name is Slinger Francisco, said that after Arrow produced the hit- Hot, Hot, Hot he superseded everybody.
The Trinidadian Guardian newspaper, in its tribute to Arrow, said that, “He was the man whose soca anthem, Hot, Hot, Hot, rang out across borders and bridged musical gaps, allowing for many Caribbean soca and calypso entertainers, to be eventually heard.”
The Jamaican Gleaner newspaper, said that Arrow was the trailblazing artiste who gave soca beat an international profile.
Fellow calypsonian and now Minister of Culture in Trinidad & Tobago, Winston “Gypsy” Peters, described Arrow’s contribution as enormous. Gypsy confirmed that he intends to attend the funeral of Arrow.