Maurice White performs at the Earth,Wind and Fire “Grammy Jam” event held at The Wiltern LG in Los Angeles, Ca. Saturday Dec. 11, 2004.(AP Photo/Phil McCarten)
Maurice White, founder of the wildly popular old school R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire, is NOT dead despite out-of-control reports popping up around the internet on Friday, according to WFJA.
Twitter was set ablaze with folks who were memorializing White and praising his musical contributions. Veteran hip-hop star Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest even sang praises to the man’s musical genius in a Twitter message before deleting it upon realizing reports of White’s death were inaccurate.
Above a screenshot from a Wikipedia page that inaccurately listed White as dead.
The online go-to source for all things biographical, Wikipedia, got it dead wrong as they too reported the seven-time Grammy winner’s passing on Friday. The erroneous obituary mention in the web-based encyclopedia has since been removed.
According to published reports, White is doing well despite the fact that he has battled Parkinson’s disease, a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking (tremors) and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination, since the late 1980s.
The 71-year-old stopped touring with his band in 1994 when the disease prevented him from the grueling rigors of tour life, but he still retains executive control of the musical group.