Maurice White, co-creator of Earth, Wind & Fire passes aged 74

The founding member passed from natural causes

News has just broken (Thursday February 4) that Earth Wind & Fire founding member, Maurice White, has passed away.

Maurice White, 74, was found to have died peacefully, according to a post on the band’s twitter feed, posted at 11.35pm GMT.

White suffered from Parkinson’s Disease in the early ’90s, causing him to stop touring with the band around 1994. Earth, Wind & Fire were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

The band were one of the most prominent acts of the ’70s and ’80s, their sounds spanning multiple genres, including R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin and more. They are hailed as one of the most successful bands of the 20th Century.


The band are to be honoured with a ‘lifetime achievement award’ at the Grammy Awards on February 15.

More details on the co-creator’s passing to follow.