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Motown star Jimmy Ruffin has died

Motown star Jimmy Ruffin has died

Motown star Jimmy Ruffin has died

Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown singer best known for his hit 'What Becomes of the Broken Hearted', has died at the age of 78.

His children said he died at a Las Vegas hospital on Monday.

His daughter, Philicia, said on behalf of his family: "Jimmy Ruffin was a rare type of man who left his mark on the music industry. My family in its entirety is extremely upset over his death.

"He will truly be missed.

"We will treasure the many fond and wonderful memories we all have of him."

Mr Ruffin (inset) was born in 1936, in Collinsville, Mississippi, and was the older brother of David Ruffin, who would become lead singer of The Temptations. The pair sang together in gospel groups before heading north to Detroit, where they signed to the hugely influential Motown label.

He enjoyed a string of hits during the 1960s, none bigger than his sorrowful ballad 'What Becomes of the Broken Hearted'.

It was followed up with 'I've Passed This Way Before' and 'Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got.' (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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