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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Lead Singer Levi Stubbs Dead at 72

Levi Stubbs, frontman for The Four Tops, died Friday, October 17, at home in Detroit. He was 72.

Known for hits such as "Baby I Need Your Loving" and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)", Stubbs and the group performed for over four decades selling over 50million records and racking up 45 chart hits. The group was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990.

His death leaves group-member Abdul "Duke" Fakir the only surviving original member. Laurence Payton died in 1997, and Renaldo "Obie" Benson in 2005.

Levi had suffered a long series of health issues including cancer and a stroke which caused him to stop performing in 2000.

He is survived by his wife, Clineice, and five children. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.

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