Levi Stubbs, the lead singer of legendary U.S. rhythm and blues vocal group the Four Tops, has died at the age of 72.

Stubbs, who had been ill recently, died at his home in Detroit, Michigan.

Stubbs was known for his deep, soulful voice, and for helping to create some of the top hits among the so-called "Motown" groups of the 1960s. The Four Tops were made famous by such classic songs as "Reach Out", "I Can't Help Myself", and "Standing in the Shadows of Love."

The Four Tops formed in the early in 1950s while all the members were in high school.

They went on to sell millions of records, performing for four decades with the same members. But with Stubbs' death, only one of the original Four Tops, Abdul "Duke" Fakir, is still living.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.