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Kool & the Gangs' Ronald Bell dies at the age of 68.

On September 9th, Ronald Bell, the co-founder of funk group Kool & the Gang, passed away at the age of 68. The news of Bell’s death was made public through a statement from his publicist, according to Spin. There was no cause of death revealed; the statement said Bell died “suddenly” at his home in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In 1964, Bell formed Kool & the Gang along with his brother Robert, and friends Spike Mickens, Dennis Thomas, Ricky Westfield, George Brown, and Charles Smith. The group is known for blending elements of funk, soul, R&B and pop into their sound. Initially known as the Jazziacs, before settling on Kool & the Gang in 1969. Ronald Bell served as the group’s principal composer and arranger, he wrote and produced a number of the band’s most popular songs, including “Celebration,” “Jungle Boogie,” and “Summer Madness.”


The Kool & the Gang was honored with a BET Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 and in 2015, the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Bell had 10 children: Kahdijah, Rasheed, Nadirah, Liza, Maryam, Aminah, Jennah, Khalis, Asia and James; and 3 grandchildren; brothers Robert “Kool” Bell, Wahid Bayyan, Amir Bayyan.

 

Source :

  • https://www.okayplayer.com/music/ronald-bell-dead-kool-the-gang.html

  • https://www.spin.com/2020/09/ronald-khalis-bell-kool-and-the-gang-co-founder-dies-at-68/

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