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Kool & the Gang singer and co-founder Ronald 'Khalis' Bell dies at 68

Bell wrote and composed some of the group's biggest songs, including Celebration, Cherish and Summer Madness.

Kool & the Gang singer and co-founder Ronald 'Khalis' Bell dies at 68

Robert "Kool" Bell, from left, Ronald "Khalis" Bell, Dennis "DT" Thomas and George Brown attend a ceremony honouring Kool & The Gang with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on Oct. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, file)

Ronald "Khalis" Bell, a co-founder and singer of the group Kool & the Gang, has died. He was 68.

Bell died at his home in the US Virgin Islands Wednesday (Sep 9) morning with his wife by his side, publicist Sujata Murthy said. The cause of death has not been released.

Bell, a co-founder and singer in the group, has died. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, file)

Kool & the Gang grew from jazz roots in the 1960s to become one of the major groups of the 1970s, blending jazz, funk, R&B and pop. After a brief downturn, the group enjoyed a return to stardom in the '80s. 

The group won a Grammy in 1978 for their work on the soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever.

Bell wrote and composed some of the group's biggest songs including Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie and Summer Madness, which was used in several films including Rocky and Baby Boy. The song was also used in a Nike shoe commercial featuring LeBron James.

(Source: CNA/AP)

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