George Brown: Kool & The Gang co-founder and drummer who also wrote songs for the group dies at 74

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: George Brown died while battling lung cancer. The iconic “Kool & The Gang” drummer died Thursday evening, November 16, in Los Angeles, reports TMZ.

Brown suffered from stage four cancer and was briefly in remission before the deadly disease resurfaced.

“George Brown died on November 16, 2023 in Los Angeles, after a battle with cancer,” his representative told the media.

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The 74-year-old was not only a drummer, he also wrote songs for his popular band. He was popular for his classic disco tunes with some of the most popular songs “Ladies Night”, “Too Hot”, “Jungle Boogie”, “Celebration” and “Cherish”.

“George was diagnosed in September 2021 with a very rare form of non-small cell lung cancer, with an EGFR exon 20 insertion mutation,” said Dr. Robert A Nagourney, MD, who had met Brown when he was ill.

The artist was being treated at the Nagourney Cancer Institute. “Although it responded to initial treatment, over the course of a year the tumor returned with metastases to the lymph nodes, lungs, pleura and liver,” he wrote.

“His doctors in Los Angeles treated him with every drug they could imagine, from the newest classes of targeted drugs to conventional chemotherapies to immune and antivascular therapies, to no avail. George was in trouble,” he added.

The doctor added: “Using the ultrasound, a small amount of fluid was removed from his right chest. With only 57ml to work with, there were just enough cells to test 4 medications. Two appeared active.”

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Other band members who came up with the idea for the group were Robert Bell (bass) and Ronald Bell (keyboards), Dennis Thomas (saxophone), Robert Mickens (trumpet), Ricky West (keyboards) and Charles Smith (guitarist).

Brown has won prestigious awards, including two Grammy Awards and seven American Music Awards. This also includes, in 2006, a Music Business Association President’s Award for artistic achievement.

They released their 24th Christmas studio album, “Kool for the Holidays,” in 2013, reports the Daily Mail.

Two years later, in 2015, the group received a well-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Brown is survived by his wife Hanh Brown and five children.

His spokesperson urged fans to donate to the Lung Cancer Society of America in honor of the legend.

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