Motown Singer Jimmy Ruffin Dead at 78
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:52:29
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We're bummed to report this news. Motown singer Jimmy Ruffin, whose hits include "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," "Hold On (To My Love)," "I've Passed This Way Before" and more, has died. He passed away on Monday, November 17, at the age of 78. Details about his death have not yet been widely circulated.
The singer's children Philicia and Jimmy Lee Ruffin, Jr. confirmed his death, while Motown Records founder Berry Gordy also released a statement.
The Gordy statement read as follows: "Jimmy Ruffin was a phenomenal singer. He was truly underrated because we were also fortunate to have his brother, David, as the lead singer of The Temptations, who got so much acclaim. Jimmy, as a solo artist, had 'What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,' one of the greatest songs put out by Motown and also one of my personal favorites. He was a wonderful human being, quiet and unassuming, who touched many lives with his music, not just here in the states, but overseas, as well. Jimmy Ruffin will always be a part of the Motown legacy, and I extend my sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans."
What a touching remembrance.
Will you check out Jimmy Ruffin's music in light of his death? His legacy lives on