Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dies

Maurice White, 74, who founded the soul-funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, died Wednesday after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

White’s brother and band member Verdine told the Associated Press Thursday, “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.”

White is one of several legendary musicians to pass away in the last three months, including David Bowie and Lenny Kilmister.

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