Bootsy Collins, Questlove and Wu Tang Clan are among those who have paid homage to the Earth, Wind & Fire leader.
Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice Whitepassed way in his Los Angeles home on Wednesday (February 3). He was 74.
“Our brother Maurice White passed peacefully in his sleep this morning,” reads a tweet from Earth, Wind & Fire’s official account. “The light is he, shining on you and me.”
White suffered from Parkinson’s Disease and revealed to fans of his diagnosis when the nine-piece band was inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
He struggled with the disease since the 1980s and it eventually caused him to stop touring with the band in 1994.
“My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep,” his brother and fellow Earth, Wind & Fire member Verdine White told The Associated Press on Thursday (February 4). “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.”