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Former Temptations singer Richard Street dies at 70

The Temptations from left, Richard Street, Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams, Dennis Edwards and Damon Harris, 1972.
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Former Motown vocalist Richard Street, a member of the Temptations for 25 years, has died. He was 70.

Street's wife, Cindy, says her husband died early Wednesday at a hospital in Las Vegas after a short illness. She told CNN that her husband experienced back pain and breathing troubles last Friday. Doctors ended up finding a clot in his lung, she said.

Richard Street sang as a young man with Temptations members Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin, but didn't join the famed Motown group until the early 1970s. He later made the move from his native Detroit to Los Angeles with other Motown acts and stayed with the group until the mid-1990s.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but Cindy Street expects services to be held sometime next week in Cypress, California.

She says her husband "was a really good person" who should be remembered for his work with the Temptations.

Earlier this month, Temptations singer Otis "Damon" Harris died in Baltimore at age 62.

"They're dancing up there in heaven, him and Damon," Cindy Street told CNN. "I'm in disbelief right now."