Richard Street dies: Former Temptations singer was 70
Motown is suffering a great loss following the death of former Temptations singer Richard Street.
Street's wife, Cindy Street, said that he died on Wednesday, Feb. 27 after she took him to the emergency room following trouble breathing. The legendary crooner died of a blood clot in his lung at a Las Vegas hopital, according to Reuters.
"He was fighting to the very last moment," she said in a telephone interview from Las Vegas, according to the news outlet. "He was very happy. He had the kind of life he wanted. We laughed all the time."
"He was very proud of being part of black history," his wife continued, adding he loved performing. "He was very proud of what he had done."
While Street was not in the original 1960s lineup, he joined the band in the early 1970s and was a part of the band's big hits "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" and "Masterpiece." The singer continued in the group for 20 more years before pursuing a solo career.
"For more than 20 years, two-time Grammy winner Richard Street was a member of the iconic Motown group the Temptations whose sound reflected social change, politics, love and a unique connection to its audience making them one of music's most influential R&B groups," The Recording Academy said in a statement.
"The soulful vocal act was known for hits such as 'Papa Was A Rollin' Stone' - which earned Street and the group two Grammy awards and has been inducted in to the Grammy Hall Of Fame," the statement continued. "We have lost a wonderfully talented performer and our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends and fans."
Street, who had suffered a blood clot more than 10 years ago, was the second ex-member of the Temptations to die this month. Otis "Damon" Harris died at age 62 on Feb. 18.
The performer completed a 45-show tour in Europe in October, and continued his solo work until his death.
Pictured above: Richard Street (center) of The Temptations appears in a photo with his solo group from September 2012.