The founder of the soul group Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White, has died in the US, his brother said.
White, 74, died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Thursday morning. He suffered from Parkinson’s disease, according to the BBC.
His band had a string of hits including Boogie Wonderland September, Shining Star and After Love is gone.
The singer was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1992, but was informed that his condition had worsened in recent months.
Earth, Wind & Fire were included in the Hall of Fame Rock and Roll in 2000, and Maurice was included individually in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.
Popularly known by his nickname Reese, he worked with several well-known artists such as emotions, Barbra Streisand, Cher and Neil Diamond.
Earth, Wind & Fire has sold over 90 million albums worldwide.
“My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White died peacefully in his sleep last night,” said Verdine White, also a member of the band, on Thursday.
“While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family requests that our privacy be respected as we begin what will be a very difficult transition and a change of life in our lives. Thanks for your prayers and good wishes. “