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Maurice White, Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, Dead at Age 74

Singer Maurice White attends the Primary Wave Pre-Grammy Party sponsored by Nivea at SLS Hotel on January 30, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

Maurice White, one of the founders of the group Earth, Wind & Fire, has died at the age of 74 according to reports from the Associated Press. TMZ reports that White died in his sleep early on Thursday morning following a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s, a condition for which he was diagnosed in the late 1980s.

Earth, Wind & Fire were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and White himself was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame six years ago. White stopped touring with the band in 1992.