Music: Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, founding member of Kool and the Gang, is dead
The 70-year-old saxophonist last appeared with the group on July 4 in Los Angeles.
The funk music world is in mourning. Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, one of the co-founders of legendary band Kool and the Gang, famous for hits like “Celebration”, died on Saturday at the age of 70, the group said.
“On August 7, 2021, Dennis Thomas (known as” Dee Tee “), husband, beloved father and co-founder of Kool and the Gang, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 70 in New York. Jersey, “said the group, which had already lost one of its leaders, Ronald Bell last year, on its Facebook page.
“Original member of Kool and the Gang, Dennis was known as the epitome of the cool guy, appreciated for his trendy clothes and hats, and his laid back demeanor,” his partners pay homage to him.
“Alto saxophonist, flautist, percussionist”
“Alto saxophonist, flautist, percussionist” and “master of ceremonies during concerts”, he appeared for the last time with the group on July 4, during the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, they specify.