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    Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:05:46

    Artists Respond to Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White's Death - the Earth, Wind & Fire co-founder was 74, and suffering from Parkinson's disease

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    Maurice White, singer/songwriter, producer, and founding member of Earth, Wind & Fire, passed away on February 3, 2016. White was 74 when he died in his sleep from complications relating to Parkinson's disease, which he was diagnosed with in 1992.

    "My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep," Verdine White, 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."

    White leaves behind a musical legacy that spans funk, R&B, soul, and disco. Earth, Wind & Fire produced many seminal records in the '70s and '80s, when the band enjoyed its peak commercial success. Even if you don't own the records, you know the hits. Songs like "September," "Boogie Wonderland," "Let's Groove," "Shining Star" have left an indelible mark on musical culture.

    Earth, Wind & Fire's outstanding commercial success isn't hard to understand; White had a formidable talent for writing music bursting at the seams with positivity and life-affirmation. Here's White in a 1975 interview with Billboard, fresh off the success of Earth, Wind & Fire's "Reasons:" "It was simply our goal to reach everybody." [



    See condolences from other artists and celebrities below:

    Common



    Julian Lennon



    Questlove

    Maurice was our cheerleader.....i swear to god I did about 7 drafts and erased it. Look. I just really wanna thank him and thank all the members of #EWF shining that light brighter. You know how hard it is to present Afrocentric Jazz & spiritual positivity in the face of what we had to deal with in the 70s? When times were hard sometimes the only release you had was music. & if it wasn't Stevie, you were reaching for your #EarthWindAndFire albums. I would get so lost in those records man. Just lose myself. Fav logo ever. The interludes (specially the One after "All Bout Love" ("Steph") id "pause tape" that minute interlude for 45 mins on cassette---that alone would put me in a positive trance to face another day selling insurance to pay for the Roots demo.--seriously it was either that tape or drugs to ease my mind---I chose the music)--but if you really look at it ----it's limiting to say #EWF was our black Floyd or the Black Beatles to Pfunk's Stones---look I'm rambling---I just got done work, working on 3 projects and getting ready for #BowlTrain ---but this really hurts man. Maurice really truly made African art so sophisticated & beautiful. ---I feel like erasing this and starting again but you know where my heart is. #MauriceWhite

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    Sasha Grey



    Little Dragon



    Cee Lo Green



    Mark Ronson



    Lenny Kravitz



    Steve Harvey



    Jill Scott



    Quincy Jones



    Solange Knowles



    Chris Rock



    Bootsy Collins



    Juicy J

    R.I.P. Maurice White #legend

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    "The light is he, shining on you and me." Thank you for everything, Maurice.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    02.05.16

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