Chicago police are investigating claims that the wife of Temptations singer Dennis Edwards abused the legendary vocalist in the months before his death.
A protection order request against Brenda Edwards alleging domestic abuse was reportedly filed weeks before Dennis died Feb. 1 at 74 of complications from meningitis.
Police told CBS Chicago it’s unclear if the singer’s death was connected to the allegations, but that the incidents in question occurred in December.
A spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department would not confirm to the Daily News, but said detectives are investigating the death of a 74-year-old male.
Brenda allegedly tried to suffocate her husband of nearly two decades by holding his head face down on a bed, according to documents obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
She also reportedly took her husband’s hearing aids away from him while he was “bed bound and immobile,” according to the protection 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 home he shared with Brenda due to medical problems.
Brenda was barred from contact with him, and was set to have a hearing on the order Friday that was cancelled after Edward’s death.
In a statement, she denied the allegations as “false and defamatory.”
“I loved Dennis, and we were married for 18 years. I would have never done anything to harm him. These allegations are false and defamatory and will be proven as such. Until this is all over, I have no further comment,” she told the Post-Dispatch.
The couple’s daughter Denise told the outlet her parents had lived in the St. Louis area for three decades, but had recently moved to the Windy City in order to obtain better health care for Edwards after a stroke.
Edwards was not in the band’s original lineup, but joined in 1968, and sang lead on some of the Temptations’ most popular hits, including “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” and “Cloud Nine.”