Earth, Wind & Fire Band Founder, Maurice White Dies

Founder of R&B funk band, Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White, has died in Los Angeles at age 74. According to White’s publicist, Mark Young, … Continue reading Earth, Wind & Fire Band Founder, Maurice White Dies


Maurice WhiteFounder of R&B funk band, Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White, has died in Los Angeles at age 74.

According to White’s publicist, Mark Young, the singer died in his sleep on Thursday morning. He suffered from Parkinson’s Disease.

Earth, Wind & Fire was founded by White, in 1969 after he moved from Chicago to Los Angeles and he was active until 1994 when he stopped touring with the band due to Parkinson’s disease.

His band had a series of hits including September, Boogie Wonderland, Shining Star and After the Love has Gone.

The singer-songwriter was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1992 but his condition was reported to have got worse in recent months.

Earth, Wind & Fire were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and White was individually inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.

Popularly known by his nickname of Reese, he worked with various well-known recording artists such as The Emotions, Barbra Streisand, Cher and Neil Diamond.