Ronald Bell, co-founder of the Billboard chart-topping soul group Kool & the Gang passed away Wednesday morning at home in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Bell was the brother of Robert "Kool" Bell, also co-founder and member of the group. Ronald Bell was 68. The cause of death has not been released but was reported as sudden.

Ronald Bell was not only the co-founder of Kool & the Gang, he was a songwriter, vocalist, producer and he also played saxophone.

Kool & the Gang has a string of hits, most from the mid-70s and throughout the 1980s. For over two decades, songs like "Jungle Boogie", "Hollywood Swinging", "Ladies Night", "Too Hot", "Celebration" topped the U.S. music charts.

On Friday, September 11, 99.9 KTDY will spotlight Kool & the Gang on the popular retro show "Polyester Power Hour" which airs during CJ and Jenn in the Morning on Friday mornings.

To submit a request for your favorite Kool & the Gang song, use the "Chat" button on the KTDY mobile app available free in the App Store and Google Play.

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