- Popular saxophonist Dennis Thomas passed away peacefully at his home in New Jersey on Saturday
- The Kool and the Gang band had a successful career spanning 50 years and won two Grammy Awards
- Some of the groups most famous songs included Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie and Summer Madness
Renowned Kool & the Gang band have lost another great piece of the team after the demise of co-founder Dennis 'Dee Tee' Thomas at 70 years old.
According to a statement shared on the group's Facebook page, the singer died on Saturday, August 7, peacefully in his sleep in New Jersey, US.
The original member of the band was described as the "quintessential cool cat in the group, loved for his hip clothes and hats, and his laid-back demeanor".
The band grew from jazz roots in the 1960s and became a major hit in the 1970s, blending jazz, funk, R&B and pop, according to NBC News.
The group had a successful musical career spanning 50 plus years at the top and earned two Grammy Awards and seven American Music Awards.
Kool and the Gang also had more than 30 top 10 hits and 31 gold and platinum albums.
Their biggest songs included Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie and Summer Madness. They were the most sampled band of all time.
In 2014, the band was awarded a Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award, and in October 2015, they were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Dennis will be remembered as the group's wardrobe stylist who made sure everyone looked fresh.
His last appearance with the band came as they kicked off the 2021 season of Hollywood Bowl in LA for the fourth of July.
His death also comes nearly a year after co-founder Ronald Khalis Bell died in September 2020 at age 68.
He is survived by his wife, Phynjuar Saunders Thomas, a daughter, sons and grandchildren.
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