Diana Ross’s brother Arthur “T Boy” Ross was found murdered today (June 22, 1996), along with his wife, Patricia.
Arthur “T Boy” Ross, a former aspiring law student, was much more than Diana’s younger brother.
He had written a string of hits with legendary Motown songwriter Leon Ware during the 1970’s.
Diana Ross used her clout as the major star at Motown, to help her brother land a writing gig in 1972, which produced hits for The Jackson 5, The Miracles, Marvin Gaye.
After a falling out with Leon Ware during the recording of Marvin Gaye’s I Want You album, Arthur Ross embarked on a unsuccessful solo career, before basically retiring from the music business.
During the weekend of June 22-23, 1996, authorities found Arthur Ross’ decaying body, along with his wife Patricia-Anne Robinson, in their home in Oak Park, Michigan.
Both victims were gagged and suffocated and their bodies had been left in the house for over a week, leading authorities to believe that the murders occurred sometime in late May.
Diana Ross skipped her brother’s funeral, but sent a letter which would dread by her daughter/actress Tracee Ellis Ross.
“It breaks my heart that someone like you, with so much life to live, should be taken like this,” Diana Ross lamented. “Why? Why we taken from us T-Boy? It’s so hard to understand. Why did you make the choices that you made in your life?”
The legendary singer blamed society for the death of her brother.
“I cannot blame you for your imperfections, T Boy,” Diana Ross said. “I do however, blame this drug infested world of today.”
Two men were a eventually charged with the murders, which were allegedly fueled by drugs.
Unfortunately for Ross’ family, charges were dismissed against two suspects, due to lack of evidence according to prosecutor John Skrzynski.
RareSoul Wax Facts: Arthur Ross was nicknamed T-Boy because he was so small when he was born. Madonna reworked “I Want You” twice on her album Something to Remember.