A tribute was paid to former Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Fred White after his death at the age of 67.
Earth, wind and fire were founded in the late 1960s by White’s brother Mauricewho died at the age of 74 in 2016. Over the years, the band has included many different musicians and has covered genres from R’n’B and soul to pop and disco.
Fred White was one of the original members of the American group and played on many of their hit albums and songs, including September, Boogie Wonderland, Saturday Nite and Shining Star.
His death was announced by his brother Verdine, who was also a member of the band. In a statement shared on Instagram, he paid tribute to “an amazing and talented family member.”
“Dearest family, friends and fans, our family is saddened today by the loss of an amazing and talented family member, our beloved brother Frederick Eugene ‘Freddie’ White,” he wrote. “He joins our brothers Maurice, Monte and Ronald in heaven and now he’s drumming with the angels!
“Child protégés, member of EWF ORIGINAL 9, with gold records at 16! He was brother number four in the family lineup.
“But more than in and out of the house, he was a great brother who was always fun and delightfully mischievous!
“And we could always count on him to make a seemingly bad situation more carefree! He will live in our hearts forever, rest in power dear Freddie!!
“Thank you all for your love, blessings and support during this time. Soar high, brother, we love you to the light and back!”
White began drumming professionally as a teenager and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 along with other members of Earth, Wind & Fire.
He has also performed on songs by American singers Donny Hathaway and Jennifer Holliday.
In his memory, a video of White’s solo drumming was shared on Earth, Wind & Fire’s official Instagram page.
The post was captioned: “In memoriam: Fred White, 1955-2022. Seen here solo during our Runnin’ performance on our 1979 world tour at the Rockpalast in Essen, Germany. Rest in love.”
American singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz was one of those who paid tribute by mentioning the drummer as “a true king”.
Commenting on Verdine White’s Instagram post, Kravitz wrote: “Sending my love and deepest condolences to you and your family.
“I was blessed to be in his presence and blessed to influence him. A true king. Rest in power.”
The “Queen of Drums” Sheila E also responded with a prayer and a dove emoji.
Comedian Loni Love wrote, “Rest in peace and thank you for the great years of entertainment.”