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