Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, a co-founder of soul-funk outfit Kool & the Gang, died on Saturday, his reps confirmed to Variety. He was 70.
According to a press release, Thomas died “peacefully in his sleep” in New Jersey. Thomas had just performed with Kool & the Gang at their Los Angeles show at the Hollywood Bowl, which kicked off its 2021 season on July 4.
Throughout the band’s legendary career, it has earned two Grammys and seven American Music Awards and has become the most sampled band of all time. They have sold over 70 million albums worldwide, and have produced 25 Top 10 R&B hits. The band continues to perform.
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Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, a founding member of the long-running soul-funk band Kool & the Gang known for such hits as “Celebration” and “Get Down On It,” has died. He was 70. https://t.co/oW1xoK2giI
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