Notable People who died in 2024

Notable People who died in 2024 American singer. He was a founding member of the iconic Motown quartet, The Four Tops, which he helped establish in 1953. Fakir remained with the group until his retirement in July 2024, making him the last surviving original member of the ensemble. His musical journey began when he met fellow band member Levi Stubbs through neighborhood sports, leading to their collaboration with Lawrence Payton and Renaldo "Obie" Benson. Initially named "The Four Aims," the group eventually adopted the name "The Four Tops" during their early recording career. The band gained immense popularity in the 1960s, producing numerous hits including "Reach Out I'll Be There," "Baby I Need Your Loving," and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)." They were known for their smooth harmonies and became a significant part of the Motown sound, achieving critical acclaim and commercial success. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and received several prestigious awards throughout their career, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. Duke Fakir passed away at the age of 88 due to heart failure.
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