The lead singer of Motown legends The Temptations died at age 74, according to reports.
Dennis Edwards was 74. He was slated to have turned 75 on Saturday.
Breaking: Dennis Edwards, former lead singer of The Temptations has died in Chicago – per family. He crooned the world over with “Cloud Nine" – “I Can't Get Next to You" & “Papa Was a Rollin' Stone.” Tomorrow, Edwards would have been 75. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/HWESouATfl
— Brad Edwards (@tvbrad) February 2, 2018
His family confirmed his death to CBS Chicago on Friday, Feb. 2.
Having been named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 as a member of the Temptations, Edwards in 1968 replaced David Ruffin.
RIP to another legend https://t.co/ob3aWpSJZW
— Full Force (@fullforceworld) February 2, 2018
Dennis Edwards – Don’t Look Any Further (1984)pic.twitter.com/IToXLpe4tq
— Dijonæ (@DillonJaden) February 2, 2018
He and the Temptations won two Grammy awards for “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” and “Cloud Nine.” He performed with the group until 1989.
Before auditioning for Detroit’s Motown Records in 1966, Edwards, who was born in Alabama in 1943, served time in the U.S. military.
— Hip-HopVibe.com (@HipHopVibe1) February 2, 2018
He’s survived by his daughter, Issa Pointer. He was married to Ruth Pointer, of the group The Pointer Sisters, from 1976 to 1977.
Other details about his death, including the cause, were not revealed.
After his death was revealed, tributes poured in on social media.
Dennis Edwards has died today.
A day before his 75th birthday.
May he RIP ?? pic.twitter.com/nYdhIIzwSM
— Lorraine King (@lorrainemking) February 2, 2018
— Magic Baltimore (@magicbaltimore) February 2, 2018