Dennis D.T. Thomas was a member of the legendary music group, Kool & the Gang. After the news of his death was made officially, millions of fans flocked to pay their homage and condolences. Scroll down this Dennis D.T. Thomas Wikipedia to learn more about his wife, his net worth, and his daughter.
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Dennis D.T. Thomas Cause Of Death
Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas died peacefully in his sleep in New Jersey. He was a long resident of Montclair, New Jersey. The cause behind his death wasn’t revealed yet.
According to the obituary posted on Kool & the Gang’s official page, Dennis earned the place as founding father and original member of Kool & the Gang. Fans loved him as the quintessential cool cat in the group, loved for his hip clothes and hats, and his laid-back demeanor.
Personality-wise, Dennis was an enormous individual while also an extremely private person.
In 2014, the band was honored with a Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award; and in October 2015 they were honored to take their place as American musical icons with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. They are also included in installations at both the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. and the Grammy Museum in Newark, NJ. On March 24, 2021, Kool & the Gang’s timeless hit, “Celebration” was inducted into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry, Class of 2020.
Dennis was featured on “Kool TV,” a series of animated shorts about the band members’ childhoods and careers.
How Old Was He?
Dennis D.T. Thomas was born on 9 February 1951. He secured Aquarius as his zodiac sign. He was 70 years old at the time of his passing.
Dennis D.T. Thomas Family
Dennis D.T. Thomas was born to his anonymous father and his mother Elizabeth Lee Thomas in Orlando, Florida, United States. Like most, he also must have kept his parents in high regard, he shared almost no information on his father and his mother.
Besides his parents, Dennis had three sisters; Darlene Thomas, Doris Mai McClary, and Elizabeth Thomas Ross, and a brother, Bill Mcleary who he called his family. Sadly, his mother and his sister passed away before him. As for his father, there is no information on his survival and whereabouts.
The other surviving family members also include his aunt Mary “Duggie” Jones.
How Tall Was He?
Dennis D.T. Thomas stood tall at the height of 5 feet 10 inches (1.77 meters). He was best known for his sense of clothing.
His Instagram, Facebook
Fans of Dennis D.T. Thomas personally wanted to give their condolences to him if he was on social media, but to their dismay, we hate to announce he doesn’t seem to be on any of the social media platforms. The news of his death was shared across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, but he couldn’t be discovered on those platforms.
Dennis D.T. Thomas Net Worth
Talking about net worth, Dennis D.T. Thomas sat on a net worth of nearly $1 million.
Dennis was the alto saxophone player, flutist, percussionist as well as a master of ceremonies at the band’s shows. His prologue featured on the group’s 1971 hit Who’s Gonna Take the Weight is legendary and an example of his showmanship.
Dennis also specialized as the group’s wardrobe stylist who made sure they always looked fresh. In the band’s early days, He also served as the “budget hawk”, carrying the group’s earnings in a paper bag in the bell of his horn.
Dubbed “the opening of America” by CNN, the band kicked off the 2021 season of the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on the 4th of July. Sadly, this was Dennis’ farewell appearance with the band.
In 1964, the group was composed of seven teenage friends who came together, brothers Ronald Bell and Robert “Kool” Bell, and friends Dennis Thomas, Spike Mickens, Ricky Westfield, George Brown, and Charles Smith. He created a unique musical blend of jazz, soul, and funk. At first, calling themselves the Jazziacs, the band went through various name changes before settling on their famous moniker. Kool & the Gang officially launched in 1969 and are now true funk, soul, R&B, and pop legends.
To date (August 2021), the band had earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, and 31 gold and platinum albums. In addition, their bulletproof funk and jazzy arrangements made them the most sampled band of all time. Kool & the Gang’s music was also featured on the soundtracks of countless films including the classics Rocky, Saturday Night Fever, and Pulp Fiction.
Dennis D.T. Thomas Wife
Late Dennis D.T. Thomas was married to his wife, Phynjuar Saunders Thomas. The year he met Phynjuar and the story behind how their paths crossed was yet to be discovered. But, no matter the time period they were together, Phynjuar was at his side till the very end of it, his last moments.
As written on IMDB, Dennis Phynjuar is a screen actress and acting coach. She’s a two-time AUDELCO award winner and three-time nominee for Best Actress. Stand-up comedy is also one of her passions. She says “God hasn’t brought me this far to give up now.”
Did Dennis D.T. Thomas Have A Daughter?
Dennis D.T. Thomas had five children in total. He had three daughters Michelle Thomas, Tracy Jackson, Tuesday Rankin, and two sons David Thomas and Devin Thomas. His daughter, Michelle Thomas, is an actress best known for TV movies and TV shows such as The Cosby Show, Family Matters, The Young and the Restless, and a few others. She passed away because of cancer.
Among the surviving children, his daughter Tuesday Thomas Rankin attended Kent Place School and Lehigh University. She worked at Berry Global and Johnson & Johnson. She is married and has a teenage son and a daughter with her husband (as of August 2021).
The other two boys remain away from public attention.
Last modified: September 27, 2021