Earth, Wind and Fire drummer Fred White has passed away at the age of 67.
The musician passed away on Sunday (01.01.23), along with his brother, Verdine White, who announced the news via a statement on social media.
Alongside footage of Fred playing the drums, Verdine wrote on Instagram: “Dear family, friends and fans…..Our family is saddened today with the loss of a wonderful and talented family member, our beloved brother Frederick Eugene “Freddie” White. [prayer, heart and drum emojis] (sic)”
Verdine went on to say his brother will join Earth, Wind and Fire star Maurice White, singer Roland Bautista and former manager Monte Keith White “in heaven”.
He wrote: “He joins our brothers Maurice, Monte and Ronald in heaven and now drums with the angels! Patron child, member of the EWF ORIGINAL 9, with gold records at the young age of 16 years old! He was brother number 4 in the family lineup.
“But more than that at home and out, he was the wonderful brother who was always entertaining and wonderfully mischievous! And we could always count on him to lighten up a seemingly bad situation! (sic)”
Verdine added: “He will live forever in our hearts, rest in strength beloved Freddie!! We thank you all for your love, blessings and support at this time. Soar high baby, we love you to the brightest and back! (sic)”
Lenny Kravitz then paid a glowing tribute to Fred in the comments section.
The 58-year-old star admitted to being influenced by the late musician, who also drummed on Donny Hathaway’s ‘Live’ album.
He wrote on the photo-sharing platform: “Providing my love and deepest condolences to you and the family. I was blessed to be in his presence and blessed to have been influenced by him. A true king. Rest in power. “