Lead singer Richard Street, a member of the Temptations for 25 years, has died. He was 70. his widow told CNN Entertainment on Wednesday. His death, after a short illness, was confirmed by his wife, Cindy.
The Former Motown vocalist experienced back pain and breathing difficulties Friday. When he went to a hospital, doctors found he had a clot in a lung, she said. Cindy, says her husband died early Wednesday at a hospital in Las Vegas
“He was really fighting for his life,” she said. “He’s a fighter.”
He sang on Temptations songs like “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” “Masterpiece” and “Superstar.”
He is the second former Temptations member to die this month. Singer Damon Harris died February 18 in Baltimore. “They’re dancing up there in heaven, him and Damon,” Cindy Street said. “I’m in disbelief right now.”
Richard Street sang as a young man with Temptations members Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin, but didn’t join the famed Motown group until the early 1970s.
“He was part of black history. He was always proud of that. He sang on a lot of those classic songs: ‘Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,’ ‘Hey Girl,’ ‘Heavenly,’ ‘Superstar,’ ‘Masterpiece.'”
He later made the move from his native Detroit to Los Angeles with other Motown acts and stayed with the group until the mid-1990s.
Last fall, Street performed 45 concert dates in Europe, she said.
She says her husband “was a really good person” who should be remembered for his work with the Temptations.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but Cindy Street expects services to be held sometime next week in Cypress, California
Street is survived by his wife of seven years and four children: Richard “Ricky” Jr., Nicole, Brandy and Brandon.
Mr. Street was born Oct. 5, 1942, in Detroit