White, former drummer of the band earth, wind & fire, has died aged 67. white was a child drumming prodigy and one of the early members to join the group founded by his brother maurice. the death was announced on instagram by verdine white, without giving a cause.
Began drumming at nine years old and featured on his first gold record, donny hathaway’s live, at 16. in 1974, he joined earth wind & fire and the group shot to fame with its triple platinum album that’s the way of the world. the band has sold over 90 million records worldwide. they won six grammys and four american music awards and were inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame in 2000. they also have a star on the hollywood walk of fame.
Was 67 years old when he passed away. singer lenny kravitz called him a “true king” and said he was “blessed” to have been influenced by him. verdine white said his “amazing and talented” brother was now “drumming with the angels”. earth wind & fire’s hit songs include september and boogie wonderland. kravitz wrote in response to the death announcement: “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.” white will “live in our hearts forever, rest in power beloved freddie!” according to verdine white. the cause of white’s death is currently unknown.