Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Fred White dies aged 67

White, who joined the soul-funk group in 1974, playing on hits including September and Shining Star

Fred White joined Earth, Wind and Fire in 1974, and played on hits for the band including September and Shining Star.
Fred White joined Earth, Wind and Fire in 1974, and played on hits for the band including September and Shining Star. Photograph: Rob Verhorst/Redferns

The Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Fred White has died at the age of 67.

The news was shared by his brother and bandmate Verdine White on Sunday in an Instagram post. He paid tribute to the “amazing and talented” musician, “now drumming with the angels!”

Verdine White wrote: “Dearest family, friends and fans … Our family is saddened today with the loss of an amazing and talented family member, our beloved brother Frederick Eugene ‘Freddie’ White.

Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White

“He joins our brothers Maurice, Monte and Ronald in heaven and is now drumming with the angels! Child protege, member of the EWF ORIGINAL 9, with gold records at the young age of 16 years old! He was brother number 4 in the family lineup.

“But more than that at home and beyond he was the wonderful bro that was always entertaining and delightfully mischievous! And we could always count on him to make a seemingly bad situation more lighthearted!”

He added: “He will live in our hearts for ever, rest in power beloved Freddie!! We thank you all for your love, blessings and support at this time. Soar high baby bro, we love you to the shining [stars] and back!”

FILE: Musician Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire Has Died At Age 74 Earth, Wind & Fire Perform Live In New York<br>FILE FEBRUARY 04, 2016: Maurice White, co-founder of Earth, Wind and Fire died on February 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. White was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease in 1992 . NEW YORK: Maurice White from Earth, Wind & Fire performs live on stage in New York in 1979 (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)

Born Frederick Eugene Adams in Chicago in 1955, Fred White toured with Donny Hathaway and played the drums on Hathaway’s Live album, released in 1972.

He joined Verdine and their brother Maurice in Earth, Wind & Fire in 1974, playing on hits including September and Shining Star.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

Lenny Kravitz was among those who paid tribute. Under Verdine White’s post he 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.”

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