Dennis Edwards, former Temptations singer, has died, aged 74.
The musician, who enjoyed three stints with the group, was in Chicago at the time of his death.
Edwards’ family confirmed to CBS News that he had died earlier today (February 2), one day before he was due to celebrate his 75th birthday. No cause of death has been disclosed as present.
The star, who was born in Birmingham, Alabama on February 3, became a member of The Temptations after the group sacked David Ruffin in 1968. He sung the lead on ‘Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone’ and ‘Cloud Nine’, which both received Grammy awards. He was fired in 1977, but returned in 1980 when the soul act returned to their previous label home of Motown.
In 1984, he left again and embarked on a solo career, releasing his debut album ‘Don’t Look Any Further’ in the same year. He put out another two solo records in his career – 1985’s ‘Coolin’ Out’ and 1993’s ‘Talk To Me’.
He rejoined The Temptations in 1987, but left again two years later. He was, however, inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with the band in 1989. Edwards was most recently the lead singer of The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, a position he held until his death.
Celebrity fans have started paying tribute to the late singer on Twitter. The rapper wrote: “R.I.P. Dennis Edwards one of my favorites in the industry. Good Soul Great Artist !!!!”
R.I.P. Dennis Edwards one of my favorites in the industry. Good Soul ?? Great Artist !!!! pic.twitter.com/K6k8mkY5Iq
— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) February 2, 2018
Rowetta also expressed her sadness at Edwards’ death, tweeting: “This is really sad news. The day before his 75th birthday. One of the greatest, most distinctive voices ever.”