Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas (died August 7th, aged 70)

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Credit: Kool & The Gang / Instagram

Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, a co-founder of the bank Kool & the Gang, died peacefully in his sleep in New Jersey at age 70. He had just performed with his band at their Los Angeles show at the Hollywood Bowl, which kicked off its 2021 season on July 4th.

An original member of the soul-funk group, Thomas played alto saxophone, flute, percussion and served as the MC during the band’s concerts. He was known as the quintessential cool cat in the group, who was adored for his laid-back demeanor and his hip clothes and hats. Thomas was credited for coming up with the intro to their 1971 hit, Who’s Gonna Take the Weight.