George Brown of the band Kool & the Gang performs live on stage during the Thurn & Taxis Castle Festival 2019 on July 19, 2019 in Regensburg, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/Getty Images)

George “Funky” Brown, key drummer and one of the founding members of Kool & The Gang, has passed away.

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The legendary musician transitioned to his heavenly home on Thursday night at his Los Angeles residence after battling lung cancer

He was 74. 

A representative for the band released the following statement: 

George Brown died November 16, 2023, in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer.

Brown has co-written many of the band’s iconic songs, including “Ladies Night,” “Too Hot,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Celebration,” and “Cherish.”

When asked to describe his music, Brown always replied, ‘The sound of happiness.’

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Just three weeks ago, George “Funky” Brown shared the story of his cancer battle with KCAL News. 

Robert “Kool” Bell is now the only surviving member of Kool and The Gang.

My sincerest condolences and prayers to the Brown family and all who knew and loved George.

May his life and legacy forever be celebrated.

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