LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ronald”Khalis” Bell, a co-founder, singer and producer of this group Kool & the Gang, has died. He was 68.Bell died at his home in the U.S. Virgin Islands Wednesday morning with his wife by his side, publicist Sujata Murthy said. The cause of death has not been released.Kool & the Gang grew from jazz origins in the 1960s to become one of the significant collections of the 1970s, mixing jazz, funk, R&B and pop. After a short downturn, the group enjoyed a return to stardom in the’80s.Bell began the group with his brother Robert”Kool” Bell along with neighborhood friends Dennis”D.T.” Thomas, Robert”Spike” Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown and Ricky West.Kool & the Gang won a Grammy in 1978 due to their work on the soundtrack for”Saturday Night Fever.” The group has been honored with a BET Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 and inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame four years later.As a self-taught musician, Bell made his own signature sound using horn lines, bass and synthesizer.Bell wrote and composed some of the band’s biggest tunes such as”Celebration,””Cherish,””Jungle Boogie” and”Summer Madness,” which was used in several films including”Rocky” and”Baby Boy.” The tune was also utilized at a Nike shoe business in 2006 featuring LeBron James.Bell was working with a set of collaborations including a solo job,”Kool Baby Brotha Band.” He also had plans of putting together a series of animated shorts called”Kool TV” about their youth and career.Bell is also survived by 10 children

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