Founding member of Earth, Wind and Fire, Maurice White has died after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease, he was 74. Family members stated that Maurice passed away in his sleep yesterday morning, February 3rd.

Maurice founded Earth, Wind and Fire in 1969 and the band went on to sell over 100 million records. They recorded several hits where Maurice sang lead vocals.  “Shining Star,” “Sing a Song” and “September” were all graced with his beautiful tenor.

White decided to stop touring with the band in 1994 due to his advancing Parkinson’s. However, he still maintained executive control of the group and was considered their spiritual leader.  Earth, Wind and Fire were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Song Writers Hall of Fame.  They are currently getting ready to tour with Chicago this spring.

2016 has not been very kind to classic rock artists and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. Losing the likes of David Bowie, Glenn Fry and now Maurice White in a matter of weeks is a bit overwhelming.

Their mortality is a reminder that you should get out and see your favorite artists when they come to town. You never know if it may be their final performance.