NATIONAL – Maurice White died Thursday while in his sleep, he was 74-years-old and an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader. He was also the founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire.
MCNTV News reached out to Rhonda Bedikian of Harmony Music, a friend of Earth Wind and Fire, and she stated that Maurice had been ill for many years since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1992. By 1994 the disease had kept him from touring with the band.
Earth Wind and Fire took the 1970’s by storm with such hits, including “Boogie Wonderland,” “Shining Star,” “After the Love has Gone,” and “September.”
Maurice founded the band in 1969 and has over the years changed members. With 20 Grammy Award nominations the band won 6 Awards as well as 12 American Music Awards.
The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and Maurice was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.
Though not on the road with the band for many years, Maurice continued to play an active role in decision for the band.