Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Fred White dies at 67
Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Fred White has died, the band has announced. He was 67 years old.
“Dear friends and family fans… Our family is saddened today,” his brother and Earth, Wind & Fire member Verdine White wrote on Instagram on Sunday. “With the loss of an amazing and talented family member, our beloved brother Frederick Eugene “Freddie” White. He joins our brothers Maurice, Monte and Ronald in heaven and now drums with the angels!”
The message continued: “Protected child, member of EWF ORIGINAL 9, with gold records at the age of 16! He was brother number 4 in the family formation.”
“But more than that at home and beyond, he was the wonderful brother who was always entertaining and delightfully mischievous! And we could always count on him to make a seemingly bad situation a little easier!” Verdine added.
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He concluded: “He will live on in our hearts forever, rest in power beloved Freddie!! We thank you all for your love, blessings and support at this time. Fly high baby brother, we love you to the highest point [stars] and back!”
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No cause of death was given.
Fox News Digital has reached out to Earth, Wind & Fire’s rep for comment.
Earth, Wind & Fire also paid tribute to Fred on their official Instagram page. “In Memoriam: Fred White, 1955-2022,” the band wrote. “Seen here solo during our performance of Runnin’, on our 1979 World Tour, at the Rockpalast in Essen, Germany. Rest in love.”
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According to Pitchfork, Fred toured with Donny Hathaway while still in high school and joined Earth, Wind & Fire before his 20th birthday, remaining with the band until the early 1980s. He was a drummer for the band during their hits like “Shining Star”.
In 2000, the drumming prodigy returned to the band for his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.