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- Posted on Feb 23rd 2013 11:00AM by Brittany Galla
He reportedly passed away at the Joseph Richey Hospice in Baltimore, Md. last Monday (Feb. 18) after a 14-year battle with prostate cancer.
Harris was a member of the Temptations from 1971 to 1975, and joined when Eddie Kendricks left the group. Harris himself was 20 years old when he joined, making him the youngest member. He was responsible for singing lead vocals on a few of the band's biggest tracks, including "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)", "Take a Look Around", "Masterpiece" and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone", which won three Grammy Awards.
After his time with the Temptations, he released two CDs with a new group, The Young Vandals, which was renamed to Impact. They had a #5 disco hit "Give a Broken Heart a Break" before disbanding. Harris then released a solo album Silk in 1978 before retiring.
At age 47, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and set up the The Damon Harris Cancer Foundation in 2001 to raise awareness, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease among African-American men.