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Fred White, Earth, Wind & Fire Drummer, Dies at 67

He played with the band from 1974 through the early 1980s
Fred White
(Credit: Rob Verhorst/Redferns)

Fred White, the former drummer of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died at the age of 67. The news of his passing was announced by his brother and bandmate, Verdine, in a social media post on Sunday (Jan. 1). No cause of death was given. Fred was the fourth of the White brothers to perform in Earth, Wind & Fire.

“Our family is saddened today with the loss of an amazing and talented family member, our beloved brother Frederick Eugene “Freddie” White,” Verdine White’s post read. “He joins our brothers Maurice, Monte and Ronald in heaven and is now drumming with the angels!”

Born on Jan. 13, 1955 in Chicago, White began drumming when he was nine years old. Starting out as a drummer for Donny Hathaway, White eventually joined his brothers Verdine and Maurice White in Earth, Wind & Fire in 1974. White would go on to play on eight of Earth, Wind & Fire’s albums. He appeared on the band’s hit singles “Saturday Nite,” “Shining Star,” “September,” and “Boogie Wonderland.”

White left the group in the early 1980s but was inducted with them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.