Motown’s Jimmy Ruffin, who is most known for his classics “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and “Hold on to My Love,” passed away on Monday at the age of 78.
Ruffin’s two children, Philicia and Jimmy Lee Jr. confirmed the news on Wednesday. The family released a statement that read:
“Jimmy Ruffin was a rare type of man who left his mark on the music industry. My family in its entirety is extremely upset over his death. He will truly be missed. We will treasure the many fond and wonderful memories we all have of him.”
During Ebony magazine’s Power 100 Gala on Wednesday night, HipHollywood talked with Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White, who shared his reaction to the soul singer’s passing. “He was a great singer. He did some great work. He had some really great, great songs and he will be missed like all the rest of the greats. It’s always weird when a great dies. But their music will live one,” the famous guitarist said.