Former Temptations lead singer, Dennis Edwards has died aged 74 in a Chicago hospital.
He died from complications from meningitis, with which he'd been diagnosed last May.
He would have been 75 on February 3.
His friend Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers told the St Louis Post-Dispatch, “We prayed for him and hoped he would get himself together and be able to come back. But he’s with the Lord now.” He added, “He had a gift, a talent and he really sang. There aren’t many people left with voices like his.”
Edwards was a member of The Temptations from 1968 until 1977 and appeared on hit singles, including 'Papa Was a Rollin Stone', 'Ball of Confusion' and 'I Can't Get Next to You'.
Otis Williams, the last remaining original member of The Temptations, tweeted via the band's official account, “Very sad to learn of the passing of our brother, Dennis Edwards. He is now at peace, and our love and prayers go out to his family. We acknowledge his extraordinary contribution to the Temptations' legacy, which lives on in the music.”