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Four Tops Singer Stubbs Found

September 25, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Police officially called off the search today for Levi Stubbs, the Four Tops lead singer, after a friend accounted for his whereabouts.

Stubbs’ relatives in Michigan had told police that the singer had gone to Southern California on business, then checked out of his hotel on Sunday and hadn’t been heard from, said Deputy Michael Irving.

But police said they were contacted by another member of the quartet, Abdul ``Duke″ Fakir, who told them Stubbs had simply checked into a different hotel and hadn’t talked with his family, said Deputy Cruz Solis.

Police confirmed that report early today, Solis said.

The singer is fine, Fakir told Detroit radio station WWJ this morning.

The Four Tops have sold more than 50 million records since forming four decades ago. The group made up of Detroit natives got their first big hit in 1963 after signing with Motown Records and recording ``Baby, I Need Your Loving.″

Three members of the quartet _ Stubbs, Fakir and Renaldo ``Obie″ Benson _ remain active. Member Lawrence Payton died in June 1997 of liver cancer.

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