Melvin Franklin, the original bass singer of The Temptations, passed away in 1995 due to complications from a brain seizure and a heart failure.
Melvin Franklin, born David Melvin English on October 12, 1942, was best known as a founding member of the legendary Motown group The Temptations. His deep bass voice became one of the hallmark sounds of the group, contributing to classics such as “My Girl,” “I Can’t Get Next to You,” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.”
Franklin’s health began to decline in the 1970s due to rheumatoid arthritis, which led to various other health issues, including diabetes and heart problems. Despite his health challenges, he continued to perform with the group until the late 1980s.
On February 17, 1995, Franklin suffered a series of seizures and a coma, which led to his hospitalization. He never regained consciousness and passed away on February 23, 1995, at the age of 52. His death was a significant loss to the music world, as he was remembered not only for his musical talents but also for his warm personality and dedication to The Temptations. Franklin’s legacy continues to live on through the music of The Temptations, which remains influential and beloved by fans around the world.