Maurice White, founder of legendary funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, passed away at the age of 74 on Feb 3.
His brother and band mate Verdine White broke the news in a heartfelt Facebook post:
"My Dearest Facebook Family, Friends and Fans.
"My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep.
"While the world has lost another great musician, visionary and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult life changing transition in our lives.
"Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes.
"Much Love to everyone!!"
According to AFP via The Straits Times, White suffered from Parkinson's disease for several years and died in his home in Los Angeles.
White formed Earth, Wind & Fire in 1969 and broke racial barriers by builing a fanbase for pop takes on funk.
They had a string of hits that are popular to this day such as, September, Shining Star, After the Love Has Gone and Boogie Wonderland.