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Earth, Wind and Fire’s saxophone player Andrew Woolfolk has died at the age of 71 after battling illness for six years.
His death was announced on Tuesday on social media by Philip Bailey, who was Andrew’s bandmate. Bailey paid tribute to his long-time friend and revealed that they met back in high school.
“I met him in high school, and we quickly became friends and band mates. Andrew Paul Woolfolk was his name. We lost him today, after being ill of over 6 years. He has transitioned on to the forever, from this land of the dying to the land of the living. Great memories. Great talent. Funny. Competitive. Quick-witted. And always styling. Booski… I’ll see you on the other side, my friend,” read the post.
The group is responsible for hits such as ‘Let’s Groove’, ‘September’ and ‘Boogie Wonderland’. Andrew joined the band in 1973, four years after the group was founded by Maurice White and Verdine.
The group is one of the world’s best-selling bands with sales of over 90 million records.
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