Thu 4 Feb 2016
The music world lost a legend, as Maurice White has passed away. White, 74, was the co-founder and leader of the legendary funk group Earth, Wind & Fire. Maurice passed away at his Los Angeles home on Wednesday after a long battle with Parkinsons Disease.
“My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep,” Earth, Wind & Fire member Verdine White said in a statement to The Associated Press. “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.” The group also posted a message on Twitter saying, “Our brother Maurice White passed peacefully in his sleep this morning. The light is he, shining on you and me.”
Many, including Magic Johnson, Questlove, Q-Tip, and Juicy J took the time to send their condolences via social media on Thursday evening. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, Earth, Wind & Fire will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 58th annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 15 in Los Angeles.
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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
Thank you Maurice White for being the architect that put together such an incredible band! @EarthWindFire
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) February 5, 2016
Maurice was everything…..Everything.
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) February 4, 2016
Damn all of my Heroes are moving on…. EWF was the blueprint for tribe … R.I.P. To the genius that was Maurice White
— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) February 4, 2016
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) February 4, 2016
RIP MAURICE WHITE .LOVE & BLESSINGS TO HIM AND THE FAMILY . EARTH WIND AND FIRE ..ANOTHER SHINING STAR GONE TO BOOGIE WONDERLAND .
— Wu Tang Clan (@WuTangClan) February 4, 2016