MOTOWN legend Warren "Pete" Moore has died at the age of 78, according to reports.
Smokey Robinson’s singer with iconic musical group The Miracles passed away on Sunday, Rolling Stone reported.
Motown founder Berry Gordy confirmed the news in a statement.
Gordy said: "I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Warren 'Pete' Moore, a fine human being and valued member of the Motown family.
"Pete was an original member of my very first group, the Miracles.
"He was a quiet spirit with a wonderful Bass voice behind Smokey Robinson’s soft, distinctive lead vocals and was co-writer on several of the Miracles hits."
The Miracles are widely regarded as one of the most influential groups in pop, rock and roll, and R&B music history and central to Gordy’s Motown record company.
Moore formed the group with Robinson while the pair were still at high school in Detroit, Michigan, in the 1950s.
Moore co-wrote many of the Miracles' hit singles, including "The Tracks of My Tears", "Ooo Baby Baby" and "Love Machine".
Tributes have been pouring in on social media since news of the music legend’s death was confirmed.
Smokey Robinson led the tributes, writing: “It’s always tough to loose someone that you love.
“Pete Moore was my brother since I was 11 years old. I’m really going to miss him.”
Motown fans also joined in, with one tweeting: “RIP-Another legend leaves us-Miracles Singer Warren 'Pete' Moore Dead at 78.”
And another said: “Warren ‘Pete’ Moore. R.i.P. Another legend lost!”
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