Jimmy Ruffin has died. Best known as a soul singer,and the elder brother of David Ruffin of The Temptations was seventy eight years old. He had many hits, however his most successful was What Becomes of the Brokenhearted and Hold On (To My Love) died at his Las Vegas home on Monday, November 17, 2014. His children Philicia and Jimmy Lee Ruffin have confirmed the sad news. Tribute came Motown Records founder Berry Gordy whose brother David was an original member of the Temptations.
He called him a ”phenomenal singer” and a ”wonderful human being”.
He said in a statement:
”Jimmy Ruffin was a phenomenal singer.
”He was truly underrated because we were also fortunate to have his brother, David, as the lead singer of the Temptations, who got so much acclaim. Jimmy, as a solo artist, had ‘What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,’ one of the greatest songs put out by Motown and also one of my personal favourites.
”He was a wonderful human being, quiet and unassuming, who touched many lives with his music, not just here in the states, but overseas, as well. Jimmy Ruffin will always be a part of the Motown legacy, and I extend my sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans.”
Philicia and Jimmy Lee also paid tribute to their dad as a ”rare type of man”
who had ”left his mark”.
They said in a statement:
”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.”
Ruffin will be sadly missed.