A founding member and original rhythm guitarist for the ’70s disco group KC and the Sunshine Band died last Friday in a bulldozing accident, a publicist for the group said Wednesday. Jerome Smith was working as a heavy-equipment operator in West Palm Beach, Fla., when he fell off the bulldozer and was crushed to death by the machine. Smith, who was 47, is remembered for hits such as “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s The Way (I Like It)” and “I’m Your Boogie Man.”
Harry “KC” Casey, who still tours with the band, said he was shocked by the news. In a statement released by the band’s publicist, he said: “Jerome Smith was a dear friend and a gifted performer. He influenced future guitarists and many groups with his playing. His memory lives on.”
Smith, who lived in Miami, is survived by his wife, a 22-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old granddaughter.
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