R & B Singer Jimmy Ruffin Dies At 78

Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown singer whose hits include two of my all-time favorites, “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and “Hold on to My Love,” died on Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78. Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee Ruffin Jr, the singer’s children, confirmed on Wednesday Ruffin had died. There were no details of the cause of death. Ruffin was the older brother of Temptations lead singer David Ruffin, who died in 1991, aged 50. Ruffin was born in 1936, in Collinsville, Mississippi. He was signed to Berry Gordy’s Motown Records, and had a string of hits in the 1960s, including “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” which reached the top 10.

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