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Kerry Turman, longtime Temptations bassist, dies

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Kerry Turman, a longtime bassist for The Temptations, has died after a performance in Missouri. He was 59.

The coroner in Cape Girardeau County says Turman was found dead at a local hotel early April 23, shortly after performing the previous evening in Cape Girardeau. The vocal group is currently touring with the Beach Boys.

Turman had performed with The Temptations since the 1980s. The group had several hits in the 1960s and ’70s, including No. 1 song “My Girl.”

Coroner John Clifton says an initial autopsy indicates Turman died of natural causes. The full autopsy report won’t be available for several weeks.

The group announced Turman’s death on its Facebook and Twitter accounts, saying: “The Temptations lost a dear member of our family. . . . Rest In Peace, much love, much respect.”

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