Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, Dead At 74

By Radio.com Staff

Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died. He was 74 years old.

White served as the band’s primary songwriter and co-lead singer.

He was the older brother of current Earth, Wind & Fire member Verdine White, and former member Fred White.

The group was famous for their many hits including “Shining Star”, “That’s the Way of the World,” “Devotion,” “Reasons,” “Sing a Song,” “Can’t Hide Love,” and “September.”

White was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in the early ’90s, and stopped touring with the band in 1994. Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and are set to be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the GRAMMY Awards.

Verdine White posted to the band’s official Facebook page, “My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep. While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”

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