Jimmy Ruffin

Legendary Motown singer Jimmy Ruffin has died at the age of 78. Ruffin, whose hits included “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and “Hold on to My Love,” died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital.

Ruffin’s children, Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee Ruffin Jr., confirmed to The Guardian that their father had died, but did not give details about his death.


Ruffin wasn’t the only musical talent in his family. His younger brother, David Ruffin, was the Temptations’ lead singer. He died in 1991.

“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,” a statement from Philicia Ruffin and the Ruffin family said. “We will treasure the many fond and wonderful memories we all have of him.”

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