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Earth, Wind and Fire vocalist and co-founder Maurice White
has died peacefully in his sleep yesterday.
The legendary singer who was 74 years old had been suffering
from Parkinson’s disease for over the past two decades.
According to TMZ, his health has apparently worsened in
recent months. He stopped touring since being diagnosed with the disease.
White’s brother, Verdine who is also from the band mentioned
in a statement, “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.”
The soul-filled band has left a big mark in the world
selling over 90 million albums and even achieved multiplatinum with
“That’s the Way of the World”, “Spirit” and “All ‘n’
All”.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has six Grammys to their
name and will be honoured at the upcoming event for the lifetime achievement
award.
Their powerful influence caused them to be one of the early
acts to break the colour barrier in the music industry by becoming the first African-American
act to sell out at Madison Square Garden.