According to the Baltimore Sun, Harris (born Otis Robert Harris, Jr.) lost his 14-year-long battle to prostate cancer after spending the last three months in the hospital. He was transferred to the Joseph Richey Hospice in Seton Hill, Md., last week, where he died.
Three-time Grammy winner Harris joined The Temptations in 1971 at the age of 21 following the departure of original band member Eddie Kendricks.
He contributed to hit songs like “Love Woke Me Up This Morning” and “Take A Look Around.”
Harris was fired from the group abruptly in 1975 after he made inappropriate statements that affected the group’s public image, according to original member Otis Williams. Shortly after his firing, Harris rejoined his former band The Young Vandals, renaming themselves Impact, and recorded a number of minor soul and disco hits.
Harris was a huge advocate for cancer research and set up The Damon Harris Cancer Foundation in 2001.