Less than a year after losing Ronald Bell, the author of the group’s main hits like Celebration, it is saxophonist Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas who “passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 70 in New Jersey”, say his partners on the Facebook page of Kool and the Gang.

Thomas was an alto saxophonist, flautist and percussionist. He served as master of ceremonies at the band’s shows and his last appearance with the band was on the fourth of July at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Born on February 9, 1951 in Orlando, Florida, Thomas was known for his prologue on the hit Who’s Gonna Take the Weight in 1971.

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