The Delfonics soul singer Major Harris has died after an emergency hospital visit on Friday morning (09Nov12).

The star was admitted to a medical centre in Richmond, Virginia but he passed away after suffering congestive heart and lung failure, reports The Associated Press. He was 65.

Harris began his career singing with bands like The Charmers, The Teenagers and Nat Turner's Rebellion, but it wasn't until the early '70s that he really experienced fame as a member of The Delfonics.

He joined the pioneering Philadelphia soul group as Randy Cain's replacement and enjoyed four years of success with the La-La (Means I Love You) hitmakers before going solo.

The singer, perhaps best known for his 1975 hit Love Won't Let Me Wait, later rejoined The Delfonics and toured with them in the 1990s and 2000s.