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Diana Ross Was Shocked by Her Brother & His Wife’s Horrible Murders in 1996 - Inside the Tragedy

Busayo Ogunjimi
Sep 19, 2021
01:20 A.M.
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Diana Ross' family is full of incredible talents recognized by the world. However, tragedy struck this popular household and left members of the family in severe shock. Here are untold stories about Ross' loss.


Diana Ross of Motown records was a megastar and powerhouse of the label. She was also the most famous individual in her family. Although her singer/songwriter brother, Arthur T-Boy, shared some time in the spotlight, his reign was limited.

Sadly, in 1996, the celebrity's younger brother, aged 47, was found dead with his new wife, Patricia Robinson, 54. The couple's body parts had begun to decompose when the authorities discovered the corpses in the basement of their suburban apartment in Detroit.

Diana Ross during a ceremony at the White House, November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. | Photo: Getty Images

Diana Ross during a ceremony at the White House, November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. | Photo: Getty Images


After a short-term investigation, the police determined that the bodies had been found at least two weeks after the incident and died due to suffocation.


At the time, Diana was estranged from her brother. The deceased was concerned about his sister's achievement and believed her popularity outshone his success, even though she introduced him to her record label as a songwriter.

This feeling impaired their relationship. However, after his death, Diana expressed her grief. She added that it was devastating and shocking to hear about her brother's family members dead on the same day.

Diana Ross performs onstage during "Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration" at Microsoft Theater on February 12, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Diana Ross performs onstage during "Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration" at Microsoft Theater on February 12, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Her brother's death was painful, and the iconic singer admitted that she loved him dearly, despite their friction.


The Motown star was in Japan at the time; nonetheless, she penned down a soul-stirring message in a letter read by her daughter, Tracee Ellis Ross, which confirmed her love for the deceased.



Although Arthur did not make a mark like his celebrity sister, he had a fantastic talent which made him a good song composer. The man worked for Motown records for some years, writing songs for famous artists like Marvin Gaye.

He later diverted to making music and produced an album known as "Changes." Sadly, this album did not catapult him to the limelight, so he felt bitter and compared himself to Diana.


Authur, who had no college education but was good at writing, could have achieved more before his demise if he had not given in to drug use and became addicted to cocaine. Friends explained that he died when he was about to make a 360 change in his lifestyle and refocus on his music.


After the tragedy in 1996, the police questioned a couple, Ricky Brooks and Regina Smith, who rented the home where the corpses were found.

Finally, two men, Brooks and Ramel Howard were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and felony murder. The authorities admitted that it was a drug-related crime.

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