Fred White, Drummer for Earth, Wind & Fire, Passes

Fred White, a drummer for classic ’70s funk/r&b band Earth, Wind & Fire, has died, according to an Instagram post from his older brother and former bandmate, Verdine White. He was 67.

Verdine 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.” Fred played percussion professionally from the age of 14, drumming on r&b legend Donny Hathaway's "Live" album in 1972 when he was only 17. From there he joined brothers Verdine and Maurice White in E,W&F in 1974 for a string of platinum albums and GRAMMY awards, eventually being inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame with the band in 2000. He also played on albums for Deniece Williams, the Emotions, Little Feat, Ramsey Lewis, Linda Ronstadt and others. 

Details about the cause of death were not immediately available.

Source: CNN

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