Chicago police are investigating allegations that the late Temptations singer Dennis Edwards was abused by his wife in the months leading up to his death last week.
Edwards died Feb. 1 at age 74 from complications related to meningitis.
The NY Daily News reports that a protective order was requested amid allegations that Brenda Edwards tried to suffocate her husband of nearly 20 years by holding his head down on a bed.
Chicago police told CBS Chicago that the allegations are under investigation.
According to documents obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Brenda reportedly took her husband’s hearing aids while he was bedridden after suffering a stroke recently.
Edwards was removed from his Chicago home and transported to a hospital six days before the protective order was granted by a judge.
The protective order barred Brenda from seeing Edwards, and a hearing scheduled for Friday was cancelled after Edwards’ death.
“I loved Dennis, and we were married for 18 years. I would have never done anything to harm him,” Brenda told the Post-Dispatch. She added that the allegations were “false and defamatory and will be proven as such.”