Earth, Wind & Fire leader and co-founder Maurice White died Thursday morning (Feb. 4) at age 74, and the music world is mourning the legend’s death.
Below, social-media reaction from the band itself and from White’s many admirers:
Our brother Maurice White passed peacefully in his sleep this morning.
The light is he, shining on you and me. pic.twitter.com/ppWTHKUyG6
— Earth, Wind & Fire (@EarthWindFire) February 4, 2016
Maurice was everything…..Everything.
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) February 4, 2016
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) February 4, 2016
Damn all of my Heroes are moving on…. EWF was the blueprint for tribe … R.I.P. To the genius that was Maurice White
— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) February 4, 2016
RIP Maurice White. Thank you for the amazing grooves and vocals.
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) February 4, 2016
Thoughts & prayers with the family of our dear brother Maurice White. Your contributions to music will be kept in our hearts & souls 4ever.
— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) February 5, 2016
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) February 4, 2016
— Jimmy Jam (@flytetymejam) February 4, 2016
love you Maurice.
— lalah hathaway (@lalahhathaway) February 4, 2016
Rest in Peace Mr Maurice White. #EarthWindAndFire condolences to the family.
— Estelle (@EstelleDarlings) February 4, 2016
RIP Maurice White. Such a legend and a great voice! @EarthWindFire
— Debra Lee (@IamDebraLee) February 4, 2016
— OMAR EPPS (@omarepps) February 4, 2016
RIP Maurice White
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) February 4, 2016
RIP Maurice White. Sleep well. #EarthWindAndFire —
— Damon Wayans Yunior? (@wayansjr) February 4, 2016
— CedricTheEntertainer (@CedEntertainer) February 4, 2016
man…..maurice white? i’m trying to come to terms with mortality. i really am. that dude was like my hero. RIP the crown prince of r&b.
— RJD2 (@rjd2) February 4, 2016
“Keep Your Head To The Sky”
R.I.P. Maurice White
— Craig Robinson (@MrCraigRobinson) February 4, 2016
— Rock Hall (@rock_hall) February 4, 2016
RIP MAURICE WHITE .LOVE & BLESSINGS TO HIM AND THE FAMILY . EARTH WIND AND FIRE ..ANOTHER SHINING STAR GONE TO BOOGIE WONDERLAND .
— Wu Tang Clan (@WuTangClan) February 4, 2016
together for the children of the world – theres a star smiling for us all – maurice white – I AM – RIP
— Rosie (@Rosie) February 4, 2016
This world just got a lot less soulful. RIP Maurice
— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) February 4, 2016
Maurice White. You were there when we were born,when we graduated,when we connected with our families,when we mourned,when we got married.
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) February 5, 2016
R.I.P the great Maurice White. “You can’t hide love ” EWF. pic.twitter.com/gWk2p5lZR4
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) February 4, 2016
— Taraji P. Henson (@TherealTaraji) February 5, 2016
On a set where we just got the sad news. Maurice White! Founder of EARTH, WIND AND FIRE. His genius was the soundtrack of my college years.
— Arsenio Hall (@ArsenioHall) February 5, 2016
Rest in Peace Mr. Maurice White. @EarthWindFire is one of the greatest groups ever assembled. Thanks for the memories & the inspiration.
— Sir Mix-A-Lot (@therealmix) February 5, 2016
There will never be another Maurice White. We’ll miss you..#EarthWindAndFire
— Jon Secada (@JonSecada) February 5, 2016
“Maurice White”, legend, pioneer, life long friend. Our condolences to the White family & friends. Share yr… https://t.co/tiLi8hf2Nn
— Bootsy Collins (@Bootsy_Collins) February 4, 2016
Deeply saddened by the loss of the legendary Maurice White. @EarthWindFire forever!
— LA Reid (@LA_Reid) February 5, 2016
My Heart is saddened by the loss of my dear friend Maurice White. I love you. Heaven is singing! pic.twitter.com/4e20M1Nf1r
— SheilaEdrummer (@SheilaEdrummer) February 5, 2016
The music community has lost a legend. We remember GRAMMY winner Maurice White. pic.twitter.com/UJnCXSd5l6
— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) February 5, 2016
Cookie and I are praying for Maurice White’s family, friends and loved ones.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) February 5, 2016
— Kim Fields (@KimVFields) February 5, 2016