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Ronald Bell dead: Fans mourn singers loss as Kool and The Gang co-founder dies aged 68Ronald Bell dead: Fans mourn singers loss as Kool and The Gang co-founder dies aged 68 (Image: GETTY)

Co-founder of legendary band Kool and The Gang Ronald "Khalis" Bell has died at 68, his wife and agent Tia Sinclair Bell, confirmed. Angelo Ellerbee, a publicist for the group, also confirmed Bell’s death.

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The cause of death has not been revealed.

Bell rose to fame as a singer, songwriter and saxophonist in the popular band, which has become one of the most celebrated groups from the 1970s.

Still active today, they hit worldwide fame with iconic tracks such as Ladies Night, Jungle Boogie and Celebration.

Other hits included Get Down On It, Joanna and Fresh.

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Ronald Bell's death was confirmed by his wife and publicistRonald Bell's death was confirmed by his wife and publicist (Image: GETTY)

Kool and The Gang have become icons of their generationKool and The Gang have become icons of their generation (Image: GETTY)

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With 23 hit albums since 1969, the band landed themselves in the timeless classics arena.

Bell set up the group with his brother Robert “Kool” Bell, which were formerly known as the Jazziacs, eventually transforming into Kool & the Flames and, finally, Kool and The Gang.

The brothers were joined by

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