Otis "Damon" Harris, who was a one time member of the legendary Motown act The Temptations, died on Monday according to family spokesman, Chuck Woodson and reported by the Baltimore Sun on Feb. 22. Harris lost his 14 year fight to prostate cancer. He was 62-years-old.
Harris, who was a resident of Owings Mills passed away at the Joseph Richey Hospice in Baltimore, Md. According to Woodson, Harris had been in remission until three years ago. By the end of summer 2012, the cancer had "gotten pretty bad", stated Woodson which made him have to stay in the hospital from November until last week, when he was transferred to the hospice.
Damon Harris was born Otis Harris. The former Temptations singer had to change his name according to "The Chicago Tribune":
“In 1971, Harris auditioned for The Temptations at the age of 21, more than a decade younger than the other members. He was brought into the group under one condition: He had to change his first name because the group already had an Otis — founding member Otis Williams.”
After Harris was originally diagnosed with prostate cancer, he became a promoter for men to get regular prostate exams. He was also involved with the group Stand Up to Cancer. Woodson mentioned that Harris became verbal about cancer awareness because he had waited too long to go to the doctor to be checked.
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