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LOS ANGELES (CBSMiami) — Maurice White, the founder of the iconic music group Earth, Wind & Fire has died.

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White, 74, suffered from Parkinson’s Disease and died in his L.A. home, publicist Mark Young told CBS News.

“My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep,” his brother Verdine White, also a member of the band, said in a statement Thursday. “While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life-changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”

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Since 1969, Earth, Wind & Fire has sold more than 90 million albums with hits like “September,” “Shining Star” and “Boogie Wonderland.” The nine-piece band is considered one of the most successful bands of the 20th century and were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.