Co-founder of the legendary music group Kool & The Gang, Ronald “Khalis” Bell has passed away at just 68.
According to ABC News, Bell’s publicist confirmed he died in his home in the US Virgin Island on Wednesday morning with his wife by his side. However, his cause of death is unknown.
In 1964, Kool & The Gang was formed by brothers Robert “Kool” Bell and Ronald “Khalis” Bell. Eventually, they were joined by Dennis “D.T.” Thomas, Robert “Spike” Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown, and Ricky West.
The band was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018 and was honored with the Soul Train Award Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
Overall, the band won two Grammys and seven American Music Awards. They sold over 7.5 million albums in the U.S. and more than 70 million worldwide. With No. 1 hits like “Celebration,” as well as “Cherish” and “Jungle Boogie.”
Reportedly, the musician was currently working on a new project, including a solo album, Kool Baby Brotha Band. Bell had planned to also do on a series of animated skits called Kool Tv about his childhood with his brother and their career stories.
Information in regards to memorial services hasn’t been announced. Bell is survived by his ten children.