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How did Lamont Williams die?

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Otis Lamont Williams died in 1983, at the age of 22, from an accident that occurred while working in construction in Detroit, Michigan. Williams was the son of Josephine Rogers and baritone singer Otis Williams.

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Otis Lamont Williams' father was born under the name Otis Williams Jr. in 1941. Also referred to as "Big Daddy," Williams Jr. is best known for his work with the vocal group The Temptations, a group he co-founded. He also put together several other musical groups including Otis Williams and the Siberians, the El Domingoes and the Distants. None, however, were as successful as The Temptations, who went on to become the most successful act in black music over the span of their existence.

In 1961, Otis Williams Jr. married Josephine Rogers. They gave birth to their son Otis Lamont Williams that same year. They divorced in 1964, and Williams Jr. would later be engaged to singer Patti LaBelle.

The Temptations have 13 gold and six platinum albums and have had a total of 37 top 40 singles. Though the members of the group changed over the years, their success remained consistent. As of 2015, Otis Williams is the only surviving member of the group.

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