Ronald Khalis Bell, co-founder of ‘Kool & the Gang ‘ dies at 68.



  • Ronald ‘Khalis Bell passed away at his home in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • His fans and family will miss him.
  • Many celebrities took to their Twitter to express their condolences to the family.
  • Sujata Murthy, his wife said his memorial service would be a private event.

Inside Story

The 68 years old American composer and singer, Ronald “Khalis” Bell has died, and his fans and family are mourning his sudden demise. In the past, he has composed and wrote some of the biggest songs for the group, which include Cherish, Celebration, Summer Madness as well as Jungle Boogie. He was also the co-founders as well as the producer of the group Kool & the Gang.

According to the sources, on Wednesday morning, the 68 years old died at his house in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He had his wife, publicist Sujata Murthy right by his side. News reports haven’t stated the cause of his death yet. We can expect the medical team to release the reports in upcoming weeks.


Fans loved him since when he was in the Kool & the Gang. The 68 years old started this gang with his brother named Robert “Kool” Bell, along with his neighborhood pals Ricky West, George Brown, Charles Smith, Robert “Spike” Mickens, as well as Dennis “D.T.” Thomas. The jazz music group rose to popularity in the 1960s, and within a decade it became one of the major groups. Their fans loved their music because they blended jazz, pop, R&B, as well as funk to their tracks.

After 1970, the group faced a downturn, but they returned with a bang to stardom in the 1980s. Moreover, back in 1978, they also won a Grammy Awards for their work on the song for ‘Saturday Night Fever.’ Apart from that, in 2014, the Kool & the Gang was honored with a BET Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award, which is the biggest achievement award any musician can receive. Four years later, the group also got inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Bell saw many ups and down with his crew. He was a self-taught musician, who created his signature sound using bass, horn lines, and synthesizer. Before his demise, Bell was busy working on a series of collabs which also includes a solo endeavor, “Kool Baby Brotha Band.” Besides, he was also planning to create a series of animated shorts titled ‘Kool TV’ which would showcase their career and childhood.


Bell might be gone now from this world, but he lived his life to its fullest and gave music to his fans as a gift. His memorial service will be done soon, and his wife stated that it would be a private event. May his soul rest in peace. He will always remain in his fans’ hearts and prayers.

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