Renaldo "Obie" Benson

The Four Tops

Died: 2005-07-01
Age: 69
Cause: Cancer

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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