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For the second time in a month, a member of the influential Motown group the Temptations has died. Former member Richard Street died on Wednesday at age 70.
His widow, Cindy Street, confirmed his death to CNN Wednesday. He died at the St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Las Vegas.
Street began feeling back pains on Friday and had difficulty breathing. He had been in the hospital since, fighting for his life. The doctors discovered a blood clot in one of his lungs.
“He was really fighting for his life,” Cindy said. “He's a fighter.”
Street’s death comes 10 days after Damon Harris’ death on Feb. 18 in Baltimore. Cindy said that she couldn’t believe that their deaths came so close together.
“They're dancing up there in heaven, him and Damon,” Cindy told CNN. “I'm in disbelief right now.”
Street, who was recently touring in Europe, wasn’t a founding member of the group, not joining until the early 1970s. Reuters reports that he sang lead vocals on the hits “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” and “Masterpiece” during his time with the group.
“He was part of black history. He was always proud of that,” Cindy remarked.
Street is survived by Cindy and four children. His funeral is set for next week in California.