|Renaldo "Obie" Benson
The Four Tops
Renaldo "Obie" Benson, member of the legendary Motown singing group the Four Tops, has died. He was 69.
Benson died of lung cancer that was discovered when he had a leg amputated several weeks earlier because of circulation problems.
The Four Tops sold more than 50 million records and recorded hit songs such as "Baby I Need Your Loving," "Reach Out (I'll be There)," "I Can't Help Myself" and "Standing in the Shadows of Love."
Benson's death leaves two surviving members of the original group: Levi Stubbs and Abdul "Duke" Fakir. The fourth original Top, Lawrence Payton, died of liver cancer in 1997.
The group last played on April 8 on the "Late Show With David Letterman."
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