The Miracles in the mid-’60s, Moore 2nd from left (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)Warren “Pete” Moore, a founding member of the legendary Motown group The Miracles, died Sunday at the age of 78, Rolling Stone reports. Moore’s passing was confirmed in a statement issued by Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., although no cause of death was revealed.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Warren ‘Pete’ Moore, a fine human being and valued member of the Motown family,” said Gordy. “Pete was an original member of my very first group, the Miracles. He was a quiet spirit with a wonderful [b]ass voice behind Smokey Robinson‘s soft, distinctive lead vocals and was co-writer on several of the Miracles hits.”

Added Berry, “A gentleman, loving husband, devoted father and loyal friend, we all loved him and will miss him.”

Among the Miracles hits co-written by Moore were “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “Going to a Go-Go” and the 1975 post-Smokey chart-topper “Love Machine.” He also co-wrote a number of Marvin Gaye‘s singles, including “Ain’t That Peculiar” and “I’ll Be Doggone,” as well as several singles for The Temptations.

Moore was childhood friends with Robinson in Detroit, and the two began singing together in high school. The group underwent a number of name changes prior to being signed to the Motown Records offshoot label Tamla in 1959, after which they took on the moniker The Miracles.

After Robinson parted ways with The Miracles in 1971, Moore remained with the group till its 1978 breakup. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Miracles in 2012; Smokey had been inducted separately in 1987.

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