Former Temptations Lead Singer Bruce Williamson Dies at Age 49 After Reported COVID-19 Battle

Williamson sang with The Temptations from 2006 to 2015

Bruce Williamson
Bruce Williamson. Photo: John Lamparski/FilmMagic

The Temptations' former lead singer Bruce Williamson has died.

Williamson died Sunday night at his Las Vegas home after battling coronavirus, TMZ reported. He was 49.

"There's no words in the world that can express how I feel right now," his son Bruce wrote on Facebook. "I love you Daddy thank you for being awesome thank you for being loving thank you for being Who You Are I pray to God and we will meet again. I love you Daddy R.I.H KING WILLIAMSON."

On Monday, Bruce, 28, went live on Facebook with the caption: "Hurt is not the word for it."

"A lot of us loved him," he said in tears. "My dad was a great dude."

Bruce then sang gospel song "I Won't Complain" by Rev. Paul Jones and a few other songs in honor of his father.

"In my eyes, we lost an icon," he said before ending the live video. "I'm going to make sure his legacy lives on."

Williamson joined The Temptations in 2006 and continued with the group through 2015. He sang soul music after leaving the group. He was set to perform on Sept. 12 at a pay-per-view concert.

"I never lost the dream of wanting to be a Temptation," he said in an interview with Chapter & Verse Network in 2016. "But I didn't want to be an imitation or one who impersonates my predecessors. I wanted to be myself."

As of Monday, Nevada has reported more than 71,600 confirmed coronavirus cases and 1,389 deaths, according to data from the state's Department of Health and Human Services. Nationwide, 188,815 people have died of COVID-19 complications, according to The New York Times.

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