Fred White Cause of Death: Fred White, the former drummer for Earth, Wind & Fire, died at the age of 67. Verdine, White’s brother and bandmate, announced his death on social media on Sunday (Jan. 1).
The cause of death was not given. Fred was the fourth of the White brothers to appear in Earth, Wind & Fire.
“Our family is saddened today with the loss of an amazing and talented family member, our beloved brother Frederick Eugene “Freddie” White,” Verdine White’s post read. “He joins our brothers Maurice, Monte and Ronald in heaven and is now drumming with the angels!”
White, who was born in Chicago on January 13, 1955, began drumming at the age of nine. Starting out as a drummer for Donny Hathaway, White joined Earth, Wind & Fire with his brothers Verdine and Maurice White in 1974, when he was 19 years old.
White would go on to appear on eight albums by Earth, Wind & Fire. He sang on the hit singles “Saturday Nite,” “Shining Star,” “September,” and “Boogie Wonderland” with the band.