Ronald \u2018Khalis\u2019 Bell, Co-Founder of Kool & the Gang, Dies at 68 Kool & the Gang co-founder, singer and producer Ronald \u201cKhalis\u201d Bell, has died at age 68.\u00a0 Bell died at his home in the U.S. Virgin Islands Wednesday morning with his wife by his side, publicist Sujata Murthy said. The cause of death has not been released. Bell started the group with his brother Robert \u201cKool\u201d Bell along with neighborhood friends Dennis \u201cD.T.\u201d Thomas, Robert \u201cSpike\u201d Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown and Ricky West in \u00a0Jersey City, New Jersey. The group is known for many musical styles, blending jazz, soul, funk, rock, and pop music.\u00a0 \u00a0The group success ran from the early 70s' into the mid 1980s'. The band's finally found success the the release of their fourth album Wild and Peaceful\u00a0(1973), which contained the US top-ten singles "Jungle Boogie"\u00a0and "Hollywood Swinging".\u00a0 Their most successful albums of this period include\u00a0Ladies' Night\u00a0(1979),\u00a0Celebrate!\u00a0(1980), and\u00a0Emergency\u00a0(1984), their highest selling album with two million copies sold in the US. Bell wrote and composed some of the group\u2019s biggest songs including \u201cCelebration,\u201d \u201cCherish,\u201d \u201cJungle Boogie\u201d and \u201cSummer Madness,\u201d which was used in several films including \u201cRocky\u201d and \u201cBaby Boy.\u201d Kool & the Gang won a Grammy in 1978 for their work on the soundtrack for \u201cSaturday Night Fever.\u201d The group was honored with a BET Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 and inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018. He is survived by his wife Tia Sinclair Bell; 10 children Kahdijah,\u00a0Rasheed, Nadirah, Liza, Maryam, Aminah, Jennah, Khalis, Asia and James;\u00a0grandchildren; brothers Robert Bell, Wahid Bayyan, Amir Bayyan, and his sister Sharifah Bayyan; and his Kool & the Gang band brothers Thomas and Brown among others. The family will hold a private funeral service, and they ask in lieu of flowers that fans support the\u00a0Boys and Girls Club of America.