Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Fred White has died aged 67

His brother Verdine White announced his death, calling him a drumming prodigy who could always light up a room.

Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Fred White has died aged 67 said his brother Verdine on Sunday. No cause of death was given.

White, the brother of co-founders Maurice and Verdine White, joined Earth, Wind & Fire in 1974. The band soon became an international success with hits like “Shining Star”, “September” and “Boogie Wonderland”.

White left the band in the ’80s, but rejoined his bandmates to induct Earth, Wind & Fire into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Pitchfork described White as a “drum prodigy” who continued to perform with artists such as Diana Ross and Bonnie Raitt.

“He joins our brothers Maurice, Monte and Ronald in heaven and is now drumming with the angels!” Bassist Verdine White said in a social media post. “Protégé, member of the EWF ORIGINAL 9, with gold discs at the young age of 16!”

He said his brother was “always entertaining and delightfully mischievous” and always cheered up others in bad situations: “He will live in our hearts forever, rest in strength beloved Freddie!! Thank you all for your love, blessings and support during this time.”

Philip Bailey, co-lead singer alongside Maurice, also posted a tribute to White on Sunday, writing, “We’ll miss you Freddie.”

Drummer John Paris, who joined the band in 2001, recalled that I was “so excited I could hardly contain it” sitting right behind White when he performed in a concert in 1979. He said seeing White play completely changed his idea of ​​performing with an ensemble.

“Rest peacefully my friend and keep ’em dancing up there…no one did it to you.” Paris wrote.

Known for genre-bending hits, Earth, Wind & Fire was nominated for 17 Grammy Awards and won 6th Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Fred White has died aged 67

Laura Coffey

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