Kool & the Gang founding member Dennis Thomas dead at age 70
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Kool & the Gang alto sax player Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, an original member of the beloved soul-funk band known for its enduring party anthems “Celebration” and “Get Down On It,” has died. Thomas “passed away peacefully in his sleep” Saturday at the age of 70, a representative for the band confirmed. A longtime resident of Montclair, New Jersey, Thomas was born Feb. 9, 1951 in Orlando, Florida, and was one of the seven Jersey City teens who got together in 1964 to form the instrumental soul-jazz group the Jazziacs. The band, which included brothers Ronald Bell and Robert “Kool” Bell, and frien...