Chicago police are investigating claims that the spouse of Temptations singer Dennis Edwards abused the legendary vocalist within the months earlier than his loss of life.
A safety order request towards Brenda Edwards alleging home abuse was filed weeks earlier than Dennis died Feb. 1 at 74 of problems from meningitis.
Police advised CBS Chicago it is unclear if the singer’s loss of life was related to the allegations, however that the incidents in query occurred in December.
A spokesperson for the Chicago Police Division wouldn’t verify to the Every day Information, however mentioned detectives are investigating the loss of life of a 74-year-old male.
Brenda allegedly tried to suffocate her husband of almost 20 years by holding his head face down on a mattress, in line with paperwork obtained by the St. Louis Publish-Dispatch.
She additionally reportedly took her husband’s listening to aids away from him whereas he was “mattress certain and motionless,” in line with the safety request, reportedly filed by an investigator with the Healthcare Consortium of Illinois.
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The emergency order was reportedly granted Jan. 18, six days after Edwards was taken out of the Chicago house he shared with Brenda as a consequence of medical issues.
Brenda was barred from contact with him, and was set to have a listening to on the order Friday that was cancelled after Edward’s loss of life.
In an announcement, she denied the allegations as “false and defamatory.”
“I cherished Dennis, and we have been married for 18 years. I might have by no means executed something to hurt him. These allegations are false and defamatory and will likely be confirmed as such. Till that is throughout, I’ve no additional remark,” she advised the Publish-Dispatch.
The couple’s daughter Denise advised the outlet her mother and father had lived within the St. Louis space for 3 many years, however had lately moved to the Windy Metropolis so as to acquire higher well being take care of Edwards after a stroke.
Edwards was not within the band’s authentic lineup, however joined in 1968, and sang lead on a number of the Temptations’ hottest hits, together with “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” and “Cloud 9.”