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5 February 2016, 12:32 | Updated: 5 February 2016, 16:04
The RHCP bassist called the Earth Wind And Fire founder a "humble" and "powerful" man.
Flea has paid tribute to Earth Wind & Fire star, Maurice White, following the sad news that he has died, aged 74 of Parkinson's Disease.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist took to his personal Instagram account to write a special dedication for the Boogie Wonderland singer, calling him "powerful" and praising his band's universal appeal.
See his full post below:
Maurice white and the great earth wind and fire were a massive influence on me and represented my highest aspirations for the red hot chili peppers. First Bowie, now Maurice. The only other pop culture musicians that affected me as deeply as a kid were George Clinton pfunk, led Zeppelin, and Stevie wonder. In my junior high school the white kids loved Zeppelin, the black kids loved p funk, the freaky kids loved Bowie, but EVERYONE loved earth wind and fire. They were just undeniable. Old people loved em, kids loved em, every race and economic class loved em. They just crossed every line with the power of incredible music and amazing performances. You could dance to em you could rock out to em and you romance to em. My dream for the red hots was that we would be able to make music that would be for everybody, and we have always reached for that. Earth wind and fire set that standard for me. Maurice was a humble and powerful man who gave me something to aspire to and I am so grateful for him. He showed me the shining star he was a beautiful gift to us. Thank you Maurice I love you, you have broken through to the other side you have been let in on the big mystery. R.I.P.
Explaining the effect the funk and soul band had on RHCP, he said: "My dream for the red hots was that we would be able to make music that would be for everybody, and we have always reached for that. Earth wind and fire set that standard for me."
The 53-year-old singer recently paid tribute to the late David Bowie by getting a new tat, following his passing on 10 January 2016.
He posted the tattoo's big reveal with the Bowie lyrics: "And these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds."
Meanwhile, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to play Reading & Leeds Festival this year.
Their headline slot marks nine years since they last played the British festival.