Rohan Marley, a son of Bob Marley and father of Lauryn Hill’s son Zion, had to be pulled from a burning car in front of a New York recording studio in the early hours of Saturday morning (January 10).
Marley, 26, had fallen asleep with the motor running in his 1998 BMW 540i when the car’s electrical system apparently sparked a fire. According to the New York Daily News reports, he woke up but was trapped in the vehicle, unable to use the failed power door locks and windows. Two passing New York police officers saw the flames and went to Marley’s rescue. They broke a window, forced open a door and pulled him from the fully engulfed car — the engine compartment was in flames and the car’s interior was solid smoke.
Lauryn Hill, who was just wrapping up a rehearsal session at the Manhattan facility for her pending tour, was told there was a fire and ran out to the street. Reports say she became hysterical when she initially thought that Marley was still in the burning
Marley was treated for smoke inhalation and released. Hill’s spokesperson told the News that Marley was “resting at home” in South Orange, N.J., yesterday.
Marley is a former University of Miami football star. He and Hill were married last year.