Tammi Terrell (April 29, 1945 – March 16, 1970).
American singer, a member of The Sherrys, and Motown singer, born in Philadelphia, she entered the music business at the age of 13, regularly performing live.
Tammi was a Grammy Award-nominated American soul singer, most notable for her association with Motown and her duets with Marvin Gaye. As a teenager she recorded for the Scepter/Wand, Try Me and Checker record labels.
She signed with Motown in 1965 and enjoyed success as a solo singer. Once she was paired with Gaye in 1967, her stardom grew, but later that year she collapsed on stage into Marvin Gaye’s arms during their duet of ‘That’s All You Need To Get By’.
By early 1970, Terrell had been forced to be confined to a wheelchair, suffered from blindness, hair loss and weighed a scant 93 lbs. Following her eighth and final operation on January 25, 1970, Terrell relapsed into a coma where she would remain for the next month and a half of her life. On March 16, Terrell died of complications from brain cancer. She was six weeks short of her 25th birthday.