After a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, Earth, Wind & Fire founding member Maurice White has died. According to reports, the 74-year-old singer passed away in his sleep early this morning.

TMZ reports:

Maurice died in L.A. after a long battle with Parkinson’s.  He was diagnosed in 1992 and his condition deteriorated in recent months.  The disease had progressed to the point he was forced to stop touring in with the band 1994.

Known for smash hits like “September,” “Boogie Wonderland,” and “Let’s Groove,” Earth, Wind & Fire were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2010.

Bandmate Verdine White released a statement on the group’s Facebook page:

RIP Maurice.



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