Dennis 'Dee Tee' Thomas, Kool & the Gang Co-Founder, Dies at 70

He last performed with the band at their Fourth of July concert in Los Angeles

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Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, one of the original co-founders of Kool & the Gang, has died at the age of 70.

Representatives for the band said that Thomas “passed away peacefully in his sleep” in New Jersey. No cause of death was given.

“An original member of Kool & the Gang, Dennis was known as the quintessential cool cat in the group, loved for his hip clothes and hats, and his laid-back demeanor,” the statement said. “A huge personality while also an extremely private person, Dennis was the alto saxophone player, flutist, percussionist as well as master of ceremonies at the band’s shows.”

Thomas’ last performance with the band came earlier this year at a Fourth of July show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

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