Four Tops frontman Levi Stubbs has died at the age of 72.
The lead singer of the legendary Motown singing group died on Fridaymorning at his home in Detroit.
His death was confirmed by the Wayne County medical examiner's office as well as Dana Meah, the wife of his grandson.
Stubbs fronted the group for years and was considered to have one of the most dynamic and emotive voices of all the Motown singers.
With Stubbs in the lead, the Four Tops sold millions of records, including such hits as Baby I Need Your Loving, Reach Out (I'll Be There) and I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch).
Stubbs's death leaves one surviving member of the original group: Abdul "Duke" Fakir.
Stubbs "fits right up there with all the icons of Motown," said Audley Smith, chief operating officer of the Motown Historical Museum.
"His voice was as unique as Marvin's or as Smokey's or as Stevie's," referring to singing greats Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder.