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Earth, Wind & Fire Founder Maurice White Dies Aged 74

More sad news have emerged from the world of music as Maurice White, the founder of soul group Earth, Wind & Fire, has died aged 74.

White, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1992, died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Thursday morning, his brother Verdine White has said.

Earth, Wind & Fire had a series of hits including September, Boogie Wonderland, Shining Star and After the Love has Gone, and sold more than 90 million albums worldwide.

They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and Maurice 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.

“My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep,” Verdine, also a member of the band, told The Associated Press on Thursday.

“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.”

We at Champions Music & Entertainment would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Maurice’s family, friends and fellow fans.