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Warren 'Pete' Moore, original member of Motown group the Miracles, dies at 78

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DETROIT – Warren "Pete" Moore, an original member of the Miracles, passed away Sunday at the age of 78.

Motown founder Berry Gordy released a statement to Rolling Stone confirming the sad news:

"I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Warren 'Pete' Moore, a fine human being and valued member of the Motown family," Gordy said. "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."

"A gentleman, loving husband, devoted father and loyal friend, we all loved him and will miss him," Gordy added.

Moore remained with the Miracles until 1971 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the group in 2012.