US news reports are suggesting that legendary Motown singer and one of THE voices of THE TEMPTATIONS, DENNIS EDWARDS is seriously ill in a St. Louis hospital. Edwards is 74 years old and reports say that he is ailing from an undisclosed illness.
Friend and spokesperson Ken Bedford has posted: “Prayers are needed for singer Dennis Edwards of the Temptations. He was admitted to a St Louis hospital after returning from a concert date in Canada last week. He is seriously ill and I won’t say any more until his wife releases details. As for now until further information is released please join me in praying for his recovery. Upcoming dates included the OJays in a couple of weeks. I have known Dennis for many years and he along with Chris Arnold also of the Temptations, who lives in Chicago, have been major supporters of my Breast cancer awareness program by performing ‘live’.”
Dennis joined the Temptations in June 1968 to replace David Ruffin and was a key part of their “new sound”. He left ’77 but was back three years later. He left the Tempts again in 1984 and pursued a solo career with Motown before rejoining the band in 1987. He then teamed up with David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks in the “Temptations Revue”… a touring group that he still fronts.