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Paul Williams (Temptations)
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    (July 2, 1939-August 17, 1973)
    Born in Ensley, Alabama
    Baritone in the Temptations (1961-71)
    Died from a gunshot to the head
    Death officially ruled a suicide
    He fathered at least three children out of wedlock.
    He ended up owing $80,000 in back taxes after a fashion boutique he opened in Detroit went bankrupt.
    During his final year with the Temptations, poor health and heavy drinking had caused his performance to deteriorate so badly that he would lip synch his parts while his future replacement, Richard Street, sang from behind a backdrop.
    The song intended as his solo debut -- 'Feel Like Givin' Up' -- was shelved after his death, as the title was deemed too morbid in light of his suicide.
    He suffered from sickle-cell anemia.
    Before Motown hired a full-time choreographer, he developed dance moves for both his group and the Supremes, most notably their signature moves for 'Stop! In the Name of Love.'
    To help him get back on his feet, the Temptations continued paying him a share of the group's earnings after he left the band.
    He was featured in the video for Diana Ross' 'Missing You,' along with fellow late Motown performers Marvin Gaye and Florence Ballard.

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