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Motown star Jimmy Ruffin dies aged 78
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Motown star Jimmy Ruffin dies aged 78

Motown singer Jimmy Ruffin has passed away at the age of 78. 

Ruffin, who was best known for his iconic 1966 hit 'What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted', died yesterday (November 19th) in a Las Vegas hospital after a long illness. 

A statement from his daughter Philicia Ruffin and the Ruffin family reads as follows: “Jimmy Ruffin was a rare type of man who left his mark on the music industry. My family in its entirety is extremely upset over his death. He will truly be missed. We will treasure the many fond and wonderful memories we all have of him.”

Ruffin was born in 1936, in Collinsville, Mississippi and was signed to Berry Gordy's Motown Records in 1961. He would go on to have hits with the likes of 'I've Passed This Way Before', 'Gonna Give Her All the Love I Got' and 'Hold On To My Love'.

His last studio album There Will Never Be Another You was released in 2012. 

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