Dennis Edwards of The Temptations Dies at 74: Report

February 2, 2018 Updated: February 2, 2018

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.

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.

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.

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.



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