A self-taught saxophonist and singer, he founded the group in New Jersey along with Robert and five school friends – Dennis Thomas, Robert Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown and Ricky West.

The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015 for their contribution to the world of entertainmentstarted the band with his brother Robert “Kool” Bell in 1964.

The band of the 1970s and 1980s were known and recognized for some of their hits including Celebration, Ladies’ Night and Get Down On It.

Their music also featured in several films including Saturday Night Fever, for which they received a Grammy in 1978, and Pulp Fiction.

Bell died at 68 in his home in the US Virgin Islands with his wife by his side, his publicist said. The cause of death was not given.