Kerry Turman, a longtime bassist for The Temptations, has died after a performance in Missouri. He was 59.
The coroner in Cape Girardeau County says Turman was found dead at a local hotel early Sunday, shortly after performing Saturday night in Cape Girardeau. The vocal group is currently touring with the Beach Boys.
Turman had performed with The Temptations since the 1980s. The group had several hits in the 1960s and ’70s, including No. 1 song My Girl.
Coroner John Clifton says an initial autopsy indicates Turman died of natural causes. The full autopsy report won’t be available for several weeks.
The group announced Turman’s death on its Facebook and Twitter accounts, saying: “The Temptations lost a dear member of our family. … Rest In Peace, much love, much respect.”
Many people expressed their condolences for Turman after the news spread.
RIP Kerry Turman I'm totally numb, My DEAREST friend over 40 yrs. GONE. So so so glad I had an opportunity to… https://t.co/vYpgs4Ul0v
— Dr.Rose Parker (@drroseparker) April 23, 2017
The Temptations lost a dear member of our family, as bass player Kerry Turman has passed away. Rest In Peace, much love, much respect. pic.twitter.com/3uWE0sjSJc
— Temptations (@Temptationssing) April 23, 2017
Rest in heaven, Kerry Turman. You will definitely be missed.
— Dr.D.Harris/Lady Dee (@DrDeelo) April 23, 2017
RIP to #KerryTurman my personal family member n Bass Player of The Temptations… heart goes out to his wife Shevelle Thurman & Family ☹️
— Lupe Rose (@luperosetheceo) April 24, 2017