NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown singer whose hits include “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and “Hold on to My Love,” has died in Las Vegas at the age of 78.
Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee Ruffin Jr., the late singer’s children, confirmed today that Ruffin had died Monday. There were no details about the cause of death.
Ruffin was the older brother of Temptations lead singer David Ruffin, who died in 1991 at age 50.
Jimmy Lee Ruffin was born on May 7, 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 became a Top 10 pop hit. He had his second Top 10 hit, “Hold on to My Love,” in 1980.