After the unfortunate death of Temptation lead singer, Dennis Edwards, Chicago police are now investigating allegations that Edwards was abused shortly before is death. The Grammy winning singer died at a Chicago hospital on Thursday, Feb. 1st from complications of meningitis, according to his wife, Brenda Edwards. An adult protective service investigator filed court documents alleging that weeks before the singer’s untimely death, the singer was abused by his wife Brenda.

The documents stated that Brenda Edwards attempted to suffocate the 74- year old, by holding his head faced down on a bed. According to an investigator with the Healthcare Consortium of Illinois, a protection order was requested on behalf of Dennis on Jan. 12 in Chicago where the coupled lived, but after having to remove Dennis from the home because of medical issues, an emergency protective order was granted on Jan. 18 ordering Brenda to have no contact with her husband. Mrs. Edwards was schedule to give her side of the story at an hearing that was scheduled for Friday, but due to her husband’s death the day before, the protective order was thrown out.

Brenda released a brief statement on Monday night disputing all allegations,

“I loved Dennis, and we were married for 18 years. I would have never done anything to harm him. These allegations are false and defamatory and will be proven as such. Until this is all over, i have no further comment.”

In the meantime, there will still be an open criminal investigation into the matter, according to the Chicago Police Department.