Kool & the Gang Singer Ronald 'Khalis' Bell Dies at 68

By , 1010 WINS

LOS ANGELES (1010 WINS) — Ronald "Khalis" Bell, a co-founder and singer of the group Kool & the Gang died at age 68.

According to his publicist Sujata Murthy, Bell died at his home in the U.S. Virgin Islands Wednesday morning with his wife by his side.

The cause of death has not been released.

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.

The group enjoyed a return to stardom in the ’80s with a hit song, "Celebration."

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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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