Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White is alive, contrary to bogus reports that circulated Twitter on Friday afternoon.  Q-Tip, from the veteran hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, had memorialized the Grammy Award-winner in a Twitter message before later deleting the note, and then blaming an inaccurate Wikipedia page. 

Before realizing that his source was incorrect, however, Q-Tip had announced, “Oh no! 1 of my biggest inspirations MAURICE WHITE leader of earth wind & fire passed on today! A true master! RIP #mauricewhite.”  Less than an hour later, Q-Tip explained that the Wikipedia page was wrong, adding, “thankfully hes alive! which is THE MOST IMPORTANT point here.”

White, 71, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and stopped touring with Earth, Wind & Fire more than a decade ago.

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