Andrew Woolfolk, who played saxophone in the hugely successful funk group Earth, Wind & Fire, has died. He was 71.
The cause of his Monday death was not disclosed, according to reports.
Earth, Wind & Fire saxophonist dies
Woolfolk was with the band during their peak years before parting ways with the group in 1993.
He played on the group’s most celebrated tracks, like “Boogie Wonderland,” “Shining Star,” “After the Love Has Gone,” “Let’s Groove,” and the perennial dance favorite, “September.”
Woolfolk was said to be a very private man, and it is not known whether he had a wife or children. His passing was announced by the band’s lead singer, Philip Bailey, who said Woolfolk had been sick for several years.
“I met him in high school, and we quickly became friends and band mates,” Bailey wrote.
“We lost him today, after being ill of over six years. He has transitioned on to the forever, from this land of the dying to the land of the living.”
Band member pays tribute
Bailey added, “Great memories. Great Talent. Funny. Competitive. Quick witted. And always styling. Booski… I’ll see you on the other side, my friend.”
In 2000, Woolfolk was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame along with the group’s other members.
Earth, Wind & Fire has six Grammy awards and has sold tens of millions of records. The legendary group lost its lead member and founder, Maurice White, in 2016.
Woolfolk, who was born in Texas in 1950 and grew up in Denver, was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2017.
He also played with artists such as Phil Collins, Deneice Williams, Twennynine, and Level 42. RIP.