Maurice White, co-founder of the famous, legendary band ‘Earth, Wind & Fire’ was reported to have died in his sleep Thursday morning in LA after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, he was 74.
Earth, Wind & Fire was a band that truly blazed the world’s stages selling more than 90 million albums from hits like “September”, “Boogie Wonderland” and many more. This nine-piece band was indicted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and Maurice White was individually inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.
Maurice White had publicly admitted that he had Parkinson’s disease during the bands induction in the Hall of Fame, but it was something he was diagnosed with and kept private during the 80’s when he was showing symptoms of the neurological disease. Irrespective of his symptoms, White continued to tour with the band up until 1995 because the toll of traveling on the road was having on his health. Although he was no longer touring with the band, he remained very involved.
Maurice White was inspired when he formed the band, “That was the whole objective, to try to inspire young people to believe in themselves and to follow through on their dreams” he said.