Published February 5th 2016
Last night, the news was released that Earth, Wind & Fire co-founder, Maurice White, had died the day before on February 3rd. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease since the early 90s, which made him rarely appear in public or perform with the group. His condition, reportedly, worsened in recent months leading up to his death.
Do You Remember?
Earth, Wind & Fire have sold over 100 million records over their career span and have been described to be the most successful band of the 20th century. Their hits include “Let’s Groove”, “September”, “Fantasy” and “Boogie Wonderland”.
Maurice White Tributes
Their songs have also been covered by many artists over the years or sampled in rap music, keeping the band relevant. Many artists took to their social media accounts to express their respect, admiration and loss.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Earth, Wind & Fire were formed in 1969 by Maurice White, also commonly known as Reese, which was his nickname. He will miss seeing the band receive a lifetime achievement award from the Grammy’s next week. Luckily, it’s the band’s fourth lifetime achievement award, so he did know that he was respected for his work.
He was 74 years old.