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Dennis 'Dee Tee' Thomas Dead - Kool & The Gang Saxophonist Dies at 70

Dennis 'Dee Tee' Thomas Dead - Kool & The Gang Saxophonist Dies at 70

Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas has sadly passed away.

The longtime saxophonist and co-founding member of the funk group Kool & The Gang died on Saturday (August 7) at the age of 70, the band announced on Facebook.

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“On August 7,2021, Dennis Thomas (known as ‘Dee Tee’), beloved husband, father and a co-founder of Kool & the Gang, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 70 in New Jersey,” the group wrote.

Dennis‘ cause of death was not revealed in the post.

“An original member of Kool & The Gang, Dennis was known as the quintessential cool cat in the group, loved for his hip clothes and hats, and his laid-back demeanor,” the group wrote in their statement.

“A huge personality while also an extremely private person, Dennis was the alto saxophone player, flutist, percussionist as well as master of ceremonies at the band’s shows. Dennis’ prologue featured on the groups 1971 hit, ‘Who’s Gonna Take the Weight’ is legendary and an example of his showmanship,” the statement continued. “Dee Tee was the group’s wardrobe stylist who made sure they always looked fresh. In the band’s early days, Dennis also served as the ‘budget hawk,’ carrying the group’s earnings in a paper bag in the bell of his horn.”

Dennis is survived by his wife Phynjuar Saunders Thomas, daughter Tuesday and sons David and Devin.

Our thoughts are with Dennis‘ loved ones during this difficult time.

We have sadly lost all of these stars in 2021.

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