Born in Memphis in 1941, Maurice White was the son of a doctor and grandson of a New Orleans piano player. He showed musical gifts at an early age, studying at the Chicago Conservancy. During the 1960s, he backed Muddy Waters, The Impressions, and others and worked as a session drummer in Chicago.

He founded the band Salty Peppers in the Chicago area in the late 1960s and had some modest success in the Midwest. 

Maurice White’s net worth

Maurice White was an American musician, producer, and arranger who had a net worth of $5 million.

Earth, Wind, and Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the most innovative and commercially invincible contemporary Pop / R&B music forces of the 20th century.

With Maurice as the bandleader and producer of most of the band’s albums, EW&F earned legendary status winning six Grammy Awards out of 17 nominations, a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame, and four American Music Awards.

The group’s albums have sold over 90 million copies worldwide. Other honors bestowed on Maurice as a member of the band included inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, The Songwriters Hall of Fame, and The NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame.

Earth, Wind, and Water original members

The three original members – Bailey, White, and Ralph Johnson — have been together for 41 years.

Current members of Earth, Wind, and Fire

Philip Bailey Verdine White Ralph Johnson B. David Whitworth Myron McKinley John Paris Philip Bailey, Jr. Morris O’ Connor Serg Dimitrijevic.

Maurice White’s Wife and children

White was a married father of three children: one daughter, Hemeya, and two sons, Kahbran and Eden.

He owned two homes in California, one in Carmel Valley and the other a four-level condominium in Los Angeles. He was a fan of basketball and tennis. He went by the nickname of “Reese”.

 His younger half-brother, Verdine White, an original member of Earth, Wind & Fire, still tours with the band as its bassist and backing vocalist. Additionally, their brother Fred joined the band in 1974, when the band recorded “Devotion“.

Why did Maurice White leave Earth, Wind, and Fire?

White publicly revealed his disease at the time of the Hall of Fame induction. He stopped touring with the band in 1995 because of his health problems and he didn’t want anybody to suffer because of him.

Maurice White’s replacement in Earth, Wind, and Fire

Verdine White, 67, the high-energy, bass-playing younger brother of EW&F’s founder/frontman, the late Maurice White, has been with Earth Wind & Fire since his brother called him to Los Angeles in 1970 to join his new band.

History of Maurice White’s disease

In 1987, his hands started to shake. Later in 1992, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and had his medications. But these medications were soon stopped and White was on his own.

Though he was diagnosed with the disease, he kept it a secret from the world. His health got deteriorated day by day but still was battling against disease courageously.

Maurice White’s cause of death

White died on February 4, 2016. He died in his sleep at his house in Los Angeles from the effects of Parkinson’s disease. He was 74 years old.

Maurice White’s brother’s emotional note

His brother Verdine said, “My brother, hero, and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep. 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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