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Maurice White

Maurice White, the founder and leader of the legendary R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire, has died at the age of 74, according to multiple news sources.

White died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, said his brother, Verdine White. Maurice was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1992 but his condition deteriorated in recent months, reports TMZ.

Maurice White was the band's main songwriter and record producer, and was co-lead singer along with Philip Bailey. White won a total of seven Grammys, and was nominated for 21 Grammys in total. He is also a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

He was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1941. He moved to Chicago when he was a teenager and did session work as a drummer for Chess Records. He played on records by notable artists including Etta James and Buddy Guy. He eventually joined the Ramsey Lewis Trio as their drummer. He then moved to Los Angeles where he formed the band Earth, Wind & Fire.

Earth, Wind & Fire has sold over 100 million records. The many hit songs by the band include "September", "Shining Star", and "That's the Way of the World."

Earth, Wind & Fire tweeted this tribute:

Our brother Maurice White passed peacefully in his sleep this morning.

The light is he, shining on you and me.


E. Vaughn Wray Funeral Establishment is handling local arrangements.



Memorial Gathering & Register Signing

Thursday, February 11, 2016
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

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E. Vaughn Wray Funeral Establishment is handling local arrangements.

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A candle was lit in memory of Maurice White

Gladys Mar 7 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Maurice White

Jeff Dec 26 2019 12:00 AM

Condolences to the family & EWF. I Want to be near him. i have an Imagination. Keep the best going Verdine.

Lois Nov 3 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Maurice White

Sandra Aug 27 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Maurice White

Kenneth Zamora Oct 14 2018 12:00 AM

My first concert ever was Earth Wind & Fire. I have all the Albums now CD.s now digital.
This was and always an original musicianship with meaning, love, talents and gifted.
I actually was in love with Maurice right along with millions of others. Pure genius at his best and none like him. I will miss his touch and his spirit here on earth. May he rest in heaven with God the creator. We did not want to lose you. But I did not want you to suffer in a diseased body either. God loves you and I will forever be grateful to your mother who gave you life. Lana NC

Lana J Whaley Nance Nichols Oct 8 2018 12:00 AM

There are actually some things that God created that cannot be replaced: in this matter a total package of a Human, Man, Friend, Musical Talent, Etc., Maurice White left a legacy in The Music Entertainment Industry and Global Life here on Earth that cannot be replaced: The Spirit he left behind will live on through infinity On "Earth" in the "Wind" and Through the "Fire" as it is in Heaven where Maurice White now lives.

Cynthia "Gwenne'" Echols Stewart Apr 19 2018 12:00 AM