Last week, legendary Motown singer Dennis Edwards, who was the lead singer of the Temptations, passed away. At the time, what caused his death just days before his birthday.
Later, his wife, Brenda Edwards, said the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee died at a Chicago hospital from complications of meningitis. He was 74 at the time.
However, that's not the end of the story. Chicago police are investigating allegations that the Grammy Award-winning singer was abused shortly before his death.
In court documents filed by an adult protective services investigator, they allege that weeks before the singer’s death, his wife, Brenda, abused her husband.
"An investigator with the Healthcare Consortium of Illinois filed the protection order request on behalf of Dennis Edwards Jan. 12 in Chicago, where the couple lived together before Edwards’ death," reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a paper in the city where Edwards lived for 30 years.
The documents claim Brenda Edwards attempted to suffocate the singer by holding his head facedown on a bed. The investigator also accused Brenda Edwards of taking her husband’s hearing aids away from him.
The documents say Edwards was “bedbound and immobile.” Edwards was later removed from the home because of medical issues, according to the Jan. 12 document.
On January 18th, an emergency protective order barred Brenda Edwards from contacting Dennis Edwards. A hearing that would have allowed her to respond to the allegations was scheduled for Friday, but it was canceled after her husband’s death the day before.
The protective order was vacated on the Friday after Dennis Edwards’ death.
Brenda Edwards disputed the allegations in a brief statement released Monday night.
“I loved Dennis, and we were married for 18 years,” she said. “I would have never done anything to harm him. These allegations are false and defamatory and will be proven as such. Until this is all over, I have no further comment.”
The Chicago Police Department confirmed Monday that there is an open criminal investigation into the matter.
The couple lived in St. Louis for 30 years. They recently moved to Chicago to seek better health care for Dennis Edwards, according to his daughter Denise Edwards.
The family is working to make arrangements for a memorial service for the singer, Denise Edwards told the Dispatch. Dennis Edwards is survived by five daughters, a son, and several grandchildren.
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