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Bruce Williamson, former lead singer of The Temptations, dies from Covid-19 aged 49

The singer contracted the coronavirus in August after undergoing surgery, his manager said

Bruce Williamson, former lead singer of The Temptations, has died from Covid-19. YouTube
Bruce Williamson, former lead singer of The Temptations, has died from Covid-19. YouTube

Bruce Williamson, former lead singer of The Temptations, has died from Covid-19 at the age of 49.

The RnB singer died on Sunday evening at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, his business manager, Anta Ealy, said.

"There's no words in the world that can express how I feel right now," the singer’s son, Bruce Alan Williamson Jr, wrote in a post on social media on Monday. "I love you Daddy thank you for being awesome thank you for being loving thank you for being who you are ... We will meet again."

Williamson contracted Covid-19 in August, shortly after an operation to have his gall bladder removed, Ealy said.

Williamson was the voice of The Temptations for 10 years, replacing G C Cameron in the long-running Motown group, known for popular 1960s hits such as My Girl and Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.

He performed with the group on Broadway and at the White House for George W Bush as part of 2008’s Black History Month. Ealy described the singer, who was born and raised in Las Vegas, as “an amazing talent”.

On Monday, Otis Williams, a founding member of The Temptations, paid tribute to Williamson.

“We mourn the loss of one of our brothers,” Williams told USA Today. “Once you are a Temptation, you are always a Temptation.”

Updated: September 8, 2020 12:46 PM

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