Sad news for music fans as the Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Fred White has been confirmed dead at the age of 67. His brother and bandmate, Verdine White, took to Instagram over the weekend to break the tragic news to his 192K followers. What information did Verdine disclose about his brother’s death? Keep reading for the details.
Earth, Wind & Fire Drummer Fred White Dead At 67
Verdine White, 71, took to Instagram to pen a very detailed tribute to his late brother. Unfortunately, his post did not include his brother Fred’s exact time of death. The post also did not include any details on his cause of death. Verdine did attach several photos of his brother to his Instagram post announcing his brother’s passing.
Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Fred White is dead at 67. https://t.co/wvHOtTgron
— TMZ (@TMZ) January 2, 2023
The beginning of his tribute to his brother and bandmate read: “Our family is saddened today 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 is now drumming with the angels!
His tribute continued: “Child protégé, 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.”
“He will live in our hearts forever, rest in power beloved Freddie!!” His tribute concluded.
In addition to his sweet words about his brother Fred, Verdine White attached three photos to his post. Check out the tribute to his brother and swipe to see all the photos down below:
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The Internet reacts to his passing
In the past hour, over 400 people have tweeted a tribute to the great Fred White after learning he was dead. As music fans know Earth Wind & Fire’s music spread across many different genres including funk, soul, pop, disco, R&B, and jazz.
One fan penned: “It’s like another blow to my childhood. First Maurice now Fred. Fred was the first left handed drummer I saw live (EWF was my first concert in the 70’s). That show was the reason I became a drummer over 40 + years ago.”
In response to Fred White’s brother’s tribute on Instagram, many musicians popped into the comments to pay their respects to the late drummer.
Rest in peace, Fred White,
member of Earth, Wind & Fire’s hit making original 9 and brother of founders Maurice and Verdine White.pic.twitter.com/f1GLJK1SMc
— Daryl Huggins (@GeniusHugs) January 2, 2023
Rest in peace, Fred White. Your memory will live on forever via your music.
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