Fred White has died at the age of 67. His older brother Verdine White confirm his death news on social media. According to an Instagram post, we could know the news.
He wrote on Instagram on Sunday, “Our family is saddened today with the loss of an amazing and talented family member, our beloved brother Frederick Eugene ‘Freddie’ White.”
Verdine White called his brother a “child protégé” and identified him as an “original” founding member of Earth, Wind & Fire “with gold records at the young age of 16 years old.”
“But more than that,” Verdine White continued, “at home and beyond he was the wonderful bro that was always entertaining and delightfully mischievous!”
Bassist Verdine White said his “amazing and talented” brother was now “drumming with the angels”.
Among the tributes to White, singer Lenny Kravitz called him a “true king” and said he was “blessed” to have been influenced by him.
White began drumming at nine years old, and featured on his first gold record, Donny Hathaway’s Live, at just 16.
In 1974, he joined Earth Wind & Fire, the band founded by brother Maurice and known for hit songs including September and Boogie Wonderland.
A year later, the group shot to fame with its triple platinum album That’s the Way of the World.
It became one of the best-selling bands of all time, with over 90 million records sold worldwide.
As well as his drumming success, White was a wonderful brother who was “always entertaining and delightfully mischievous” he added.
“We could always count on him to make a seemingly bad situation more light hearted! He will live in our hearts forever, rest in power beloved Freddie!”
In response, Kravitz wrote: “Sending my love and deepest condolences to you and the family.
“I was blessed to have been in his presence and blessed to have been influenced by him. A true king. Rest in power.”
Fred White Cause Of Death
Details about the cause of death were not immediately available. CNN has reached out to the band’s representatives.
“Earth, Wind & Fire took jazz, soul, gospel, pop and more and wrapped them in one psychedelic, mystical package,” the music institution’s introduction to band’s induction states. “Few groups were as innovative yet beloved by critics and audiences as EW&F.”
The Hall of Fame also described how the band “solidified the growth of black album music in the Seventies,” recounting how Earth, Wind & Fire scored six consecutive double-platinum albums and became recording company Columbia Records’ bestselling R&B band of all time.