Kool & The Gang Drummer George 'Funky' Brown Dead At 74

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George "Funky" Brown has died at age 74.

According to TMZ, the Kool & The Gang drummer died from cancer at his home in Los Angeles Thursday night (November 16). He had previously been diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer.

Last month, George say down with KCAL News to discuss his health, sharing that his cancer returned earlier this year.

A spokesperson told TMZ that donations can be made in George's honor to the Lung Cancer Society of America.

George is survived by his wife, Hannah Brown, and his five children.

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The late drummer was a founding member of Kool & The Gang and had a 59-year career as a songwriter. He co-wrote many of his band's legendary tracks, including "Too Hot," "Ladies Night," "Jungle Boogie," "Cherish," and "Celebration."

Kool & The Gang was formed in 1964 in Jersey City, New Jersey. In addition to George, the other founding members included Dennis Thomas (saxophone), Robert Mickens (Trumpet), Ricky West (keyboards), Charles Smith (guitarist), brothers Robert (bass) and Ronald Bell (keyboards).

Robert is now the only surviving member of the band.

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