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.
White, we wish you well!