Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dies aged 74
Maurice White, founder of iconic soul band Earth, Wind & Fire, has died at the age of 74.
White, who had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, died yesterday (February 4th) in Los Angeles.
He founded the legendary funk-soul band in Chicago in the late 1960s alongside his brothers Verdine and Fred and served as the band’s chief songwriter and producer.
Speaking about his brothe's passing, Verdine White told the Associated Press: "My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep on Thursday. 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."
The band sold over 90 million albums during their career and White continued to tour with them until 1994 when his battle with Parkinson's forced him to stop.
Earth, Wind & Fire won a staggering seven Grammy wins and 21 nominations and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.