Maurice White, who combined funk, pop, rock and soul as the drummer and primary songwriter of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died at the age of 74. He had been battling Parkinson’s disease since the late ’80s.
The band made the announcement today (Feb. 4) via Twitter. “Our brother Maurice White passed peacefully in his sleep this morning,” the message read. “The light is he, shining on you and me.” White’s death happened only 12 days before Earth, Wind & Fire were to receive a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.