Kool & The Gang co-founder passes away at 74

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.17 - 2023 5:23 PM CET

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George Brown, fondly known as 'Funky,' a co-founding member of the legendary band Kool & The Gang, passed away on November 16th after a long battle with cancer, as confirmed by a band representative to TMZ.

Brown was 74 years old at the time of his death.

Brown, a drummer and songwriter, was a vital part of Kool & The Gang from its inception in 1964.

He was instrumental in writing several of the band’s hits, including iconic songs like 'Jungle Boogie' and 'Ladies Night'. His passing marks the loss of one of the last original members of the iconic group.

According to reports, Brown died peacefully in his Los Angeles home on Thursday night. He had previously battled lung cancer, which he overcame, returning to perform and tour with the band. Unfortunately, the cancer returned earlier this year, and Brown had discussed his illness in an interview with CBS last month.

Kool & The Gang, formed by seven school friends, released their first album in 1969 and rose to immense popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. Known for hits like 'Hollywood Swinging,' the band has been recognized with two Grammy Awards, numerous other accolades, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

With Brown's passing, Robert 'Kool' Bell remains the sole living founder of the band. Brown is survived by his wife and five children, leaving behind a legacy of music that continues to resonate with fans across generations.

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