David Melvin English (later Melvin Franklin; October 12, 1942 – February 23, 1995) was an American bass singer. He was known for being in the Motown group The Temptations.
In the late 1960s, Franklin developed rheumatoid arthritis. He used cortisone to treat it. The cortisone made his immune system not work well. He also developed diabetes.
Franklin was born in Montgomery, Alabama. He moved to Detroit. He died because of several seizures at age fifty-two.