Lead singer for The Temptations dies after being abused
Dennis Edwards, the former lead singer for The Temptations has died at 74. The singer died in a Chicago hospital on February 1, two days before his 75th birthday.
Even if his wife Brenda says his death was caused by complications of meningitis, in the last few hours more creepy details have emerged and it seems that the singer was abused shortly before his death.
Court documents filed by an adult protective services investigator allege that weeks before the singer’s death, Brenda Edwards abused her husband, Stltoday reports.
An investigator with the Healthcare Consortium of Illinois filed the protection order request on behalf of Dennis Edwards Jan. 12 in Chicago, where the couple lived together before Edwards’ death.
The documents allege that Brenda Edwards had attempted to suffocate the 74-year-old by holding his head facedown on a bed. The investigator also accused Brenda Edwards of taking her husband’s hearing aids from him, according to a petition for an order of protection.
Brenda Edwards disputed the allegations in a brief statement released Monday night. “I loved Dennis, and we were married for 18 years,” she said. “I would have never done anything to harm him. These allegations are false and defamatory and will be proven as such. Until this is all over, I have no further comment.”
Edwards joined The Temptations in 1968, replacing lead singer David Ruffin, just as the group launched its funk-psychedelic sound. He left and rejoined the group several times over the decades. His 1984 solo record, “Don’t Look Any Further,” reached No. 2 on the R&B charts.
The Grammy Award-winner’s voice was prominent on hits including “Cloud Nine,” “Papa was a Rollin’ Stone” and “I Can’t Get Next to You.“