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Chicago police are investigating claims that Temptations singer Dennis Edwards was abused by his wife before his death on February 1.

An order of protection alleging domestic violence was filed against Brenda Edwards weeks before the legendary singer died due to complications from meningitis.

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According to documents obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dennis’ wife tried to suffocate him by holding his head face-down on the bed.

The protection request states Brenda also took her husband’s hearing aids away while he was “bed bound and immobile.”

An emergency order was granted on January 18, six days after Dennis Edwards was removed from the home he shared with his wife due to medical problems.

Brenda was barred from contact with her husband. Her hearing was canceled after his death.

She released the following statement regarding the allegations:

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.

What a shame!