Ali-Ollie Woodson, who led the legendary Motown quintet “The Temptations” in the 1980s and ’90s and helped restore them to their hit-making glory with songs including Treat Her Like A Lady, has died, a friend said. He was 58. Woodson was not an original member of the Motown quintet, which had numerous line-up changes over the years. Yet he did help restore them as a hit-making group after a lengthy period of poor sales and public indifference. According to Billy Wilson, president of the Motown Alumni Association, Woodson died on Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital due to complications from leukaemia. Born Ollie Creggett in Detroit in 1951, he is survived by his wife Juanita and several children.
Ernie Harwell, the acclaimed Tigers broadcaster whose eloquence and kindness made him a beloved Michigan institution, died Tuesday night after a nearly year-long bout with cancer. He was 92. He died in his apartment at Fox Run Village, a retirement center in Novi, withLulu, his wife of 68 years, at his side. His death came eight months to the day after he revealed to his fans, in an interview with the Detroit Free Press, that he had a cancerous tumor in the area of his bile duct and that in late July he had been given only a few months to live.
“I’m ready to face what comes,” he said at the time. “Whether it’s a long time or a short time is all right with me because it’s up to my Lord and savior.”
Artist Louise Bourgeois has died in New York City, after a lengthy career of exploring women’s deepest feelings on birth, sexuality and death. She was 98. Wendy Williams of Louise Bourgeois Studio says the sculptor died at Beth Israel Medical Center on Monday, two days after suffering a heart attack. Bourgeois worked in a wide variety of materials to tackle themes relating to male and female bodies and emotions of anger, betrayal, even murder. Her work reflected influences of surrealism, primitivism and early modernist sculptors such as Alberto Giacometti and Constantin Brancusi. Her work was almost unknown to the wider art world until she was 70, when New York’s Museum of Modern Art presented a retrospective of her career.