The co-founder of the band group, Kool & the Gang, Ronald “Khalis” Bell, has been confirmed dead at the age of 68.
According to information gathered, Bell died at his residence in the US Virgin Islands Thursday morning, September 10 with his wife Tia Sinclair Bell by his side. However, the cause of his death is still unknown.
In the year 1964, Bell and his brother, Robert “Kool” Bell had joined their neighborhood friends Dennis “D.T.” Thomas, Robert “Spike” Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown, and Ricky West to form a musical group. They were first known as the Jazziacs, before settling for Kool and the Gang.
During his lifetime, Bell co-wrote many of the group’s biggest hits, including “Ladies Night,” “Jungle Boogie,” the band’s No. 1 hit “Celebration” and “Summer Madness”. He is survived by his wife Tia Sinclair Bel and his 10 children Kahdijah, Rasheed, Nadirah, Liza, Maryam, Aminah, Jennah, Khalis, Asia, and James Bell.