Diana Ross pays tribute to Mary Wilson. In an exclusive statement to ET, Ross remembers his late friend, with whom he starred as The Supremes, along with Florence Ballard, in the 1960s. Wilson died Monday at age 76. Ballard died in 1976.
“I remember the joy and love of Mary during the happiest of times and our love and years together,” Ross tells ET. “I remember ‘the good old days’ with a smile in my heart and a song in my heart during these changing times. I am happy to have met her. Love and condolences to her family.”
Ross, Wilson, and Ballard’s Motown group created more than a dozen number one singles during their time, including hits like “Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “Come See About Me”, “Stop! In the Name of Love “. “and” Back in my arms. “
Ross also issued a statement on Twitter, writing: “I just woke up to this news, my condolences, Mary’s family, I remember that every day is a gift, I have so many wonderful memories of our time together ‘The Supremes’ will live on. in our hearts “.
In a statement to ET, Gladys Knight calls Wilson “a good friend”, noting that she will miss “his smile, his voice and his heart”.
“She was my girl,” Knight says. “She was caring and caring and always tried to make it work no matter what happened personally. Mary was amazing and when their voices came together she helped them blend, she loved them all. She was always kind and knew her own vocal strength. and personally, he brought something wonderful to the Supremes. “
“She sang her part and she didn’t need to be frank, the warmth in her voice and music came from her soul,” she continues. “Back then there weren’t many places for African Americans and Mary made it work for her group and that was good for all of us.”
Patti LaBelle also recalled the late singer, tweeting that she is “deeply saddened by the passing of the beautiful Mary Wilson.”
“She was a legend and an icon and what she contributed to the world cannot be overstated,” LaBelle wrote. “I send my deepest condolences and prayers to his family, loved ones and admirers.”