Former Temptations member "Damon" Harris dies at 62

Otis "Damon" Harris on the cover of his 1978 solo album, "Silk." YouTube

Otis "Damon" Harris, a former member of the Motown group The Temptations, has died of prostate cancer. He was 62.

Chuck Woodson, a cousin serving as family spokesman, confirmed that Harris died at a Baltimore hospice last week. Woodson told The Baltimore Sun that Harris had been battling prostate cancer for the last 14 years.

Harris performed with the celebrated Motown act from 1971 to 1975 and sang on hits including "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" and "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)."

Woodson says joining The Temptations was "the realization of a dream" for Harris.

Harris formed a new group after leaving The Temptations and later released solo recordings, including the 1978 album "Silk."

Woodson says that in his final years, Harris established a cancer foundation that was still in its early stages when he became ill. Harris also became a strong advocate for prostate cancer screening.

  • CBS News Staff

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