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David Ruffin was an American soul singer who rose to fame as one of the lead singers of the Temptations.
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Ruffin missed the first three shows of the tour, however, as his old partying ways had returned with a vengeance. Despite this, the tour led to an appearance with the Temptations' Eddie Kendricks at a prestigious concert at New York's Apollo Theater with longtime fans Hall and Oates. Ruffin and Kendricks also joined Hall and Oates at the Live Aid concert in Philadelphia.
In 1989, Ruffin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with five other Temptations. Just two years later,
David Ruffin, at 50 years of age, would collapse in a Philadelphia crack house. Hours later he was dropped off in front of a hospital, where he died of a drug overdose.
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