MC Hammer pays tribute to Temptation's Dennis Edwards

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 February 2018
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MC Hammer has branded Temptation's Dennis Edward "a great artist" following his tragic death

MC Hammer has paid tribute to the Temptation's Dennis Edwards following his tragic death.

The 55-year-old hip-hop artist took to his Twitter account last night (02.02.18) to pay his respects to the "great artist" - who was the lead singer of the successful vocal group - after he heard that he'd passed away in a hospital in Chicago - just one day before his 75th birthday.

Alongside a video of Dennis performing, MC - whose real name is Stanley Burrell - wrote: R.I.P. Dennis Edwards one of my favorites in the industry. Good Soul Great Artist !!!! (sic)"

And Motown great Martha Reeves has admitted she feels like she's been hit by a "sledgehammer" since she found out the news because her heart feels so "heavy."

She told Detroit Free Press: "My heart is very heavy. I feel like I've been hit by a sledgehammer."

Dennis' management confirmed the heartbreaking news yesterday - referring to him as "an amazing performer and singer" - but refused to disclose his cause of death.

The band's agent said in a statement: "He was an amazing performer and singer and the whole Temptations family are grieving at his sad passing."

However, it's been claimed by US publications that his death may have been linked to complications related to meningitis after he fell ill with the infection last spring.

Dennis - who was born in Alabama and raised in Detroit - joined the Temptations back in 1968 as the lead singer after the Motown group fired frontman David Ruffin.

His incredible vocals helped the group storm to success with hits such as 'Papa Was a Rollin' Stone' and 'Ball of Confusion', but he left in 1976 after they split with Motown Records.

He then returned for numerous stints in the 1980s.

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