Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire Dies At Age 74

The music world has lost one of their brightest talents.

After a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, co-founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White, died this morning (Feb. 4) at age 74.

His brother Verdine White (who’s also in the group) told The Associated Press, “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.”

Due to his worsening condition, White hadn’t toured with the band since 1994, but he remained active behind the scenes making decisions regarding the group. He wrote and produced for other artists such as Barbara Streisand, Cher, as well as the Emotions’ No. 1 hit “Best of My Love.”

Earth, Wind & Fire sold over 90 million albums worldwide, and have huge hits such as “September,” “Let’s Groove,” “Shining Star,” “Sing A Song,” “Reasons,” and many more. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2000.