Jerome Smith

 

 

Age: 47

 

Summary: original guitarist for the disco party kings K.C. and the Sunshine Band whose guitar altered in the studio to sound like a synthesizer provided the hook for the band's breakthrough hit Get Down Tonight and had five No. 1 songs, including That's the Way (I Like It), (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty and I'm Your Boogie Man before he left the group in 1979, who contributed to the soundtrack of the television show Melrose Place in the 1990's and was reportedly hoping to rejoin K.C. and the Sunshine Band.

 

 

Cause of Death: After a construction accident

 

Born: June 18, 1953

 

Died: July 28, 2000

 

Location: Miami, Florida