Maurice White, the co-founder of legendary R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire, has passed away. He died in his sleep Thursday morning.
Maurice died in L.A. after a long battle with Parkinson’s. He was diagnosed in 1992 and his condition deteriorated in recent months. The disease had progressed to the point he was forced to stop touring in with the band 1994.
The band had a string of hits, including “Shining Star,” “September,” “Boogie Wonderland,” and “After the Love has Gone.”
Maurice’s brother, Verdine, is also a band member.
Although Maurice wasn’t touring, he remained involved in the decisions involving the band.
Maurice was 74.
Our brother Maurice White passed peacefully in his sleep this morning.
The light is he, shining on you and me. pic.twitter.com/ppWTHKUyG6
— Earth, Wind & Fire (@EarthWindFire) February 4, 2016