Mary Wilson, Founding Member of The Supremes, Dies at 76

Mary Wilson, the legendary singer and founding member of The Supremes, has passed away. She was 76 years old.

Wilson died suddenly and unexpectedly Monday night, according to a statement to ET from his longtime friend and publicist, Jay Schwartz.

Wilson died at his home in Henderson, Nevada. The cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Wilson is best known for her work with the iconic Motown singing group The Supremes, alongside Diana Ross and the late Florence Ballard, who went on to become one of the biggest musical acts of the 1960s and created more than a dozen of number one singles.

Some of the group’s biggest hits include “Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “Come See About Me”, “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “Back in My Arms Again”, among countless other classics. timeless.

Last month marked the 60th anniversary of The Supremes’ signing with Motown Records, and a celebration of the group’s iconic legacy was scheduled throughout the year.

Aside from her indelible music career, Wilson was also known for her work as a motivational speaker, advocate for social change, and cultural ambassador to the United States.

Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown, paid tribute to Wilson following news of his death.

“I was very surprised and saddened to hear the passing of an important member of the Motown family, Mary Wilson of the Supremes,” Gordy said in a statement. “The Supremes were always known as the” Motown Girlfriends. “Mary, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, came to Motown in the early 1960s. After an unprecedented series of number one hits, television bookings and nightclubs, they opened doors for themselves, the other Motown acts and many, many others. “

“I was always proud of Mary. She was a star in her own right, and over the years she continued to work hard to further the legacy of the Supremes,” he continued. “Mary Wilson was extremely special to me. She was a trailblazer, a diva and we will miss her deeply.”

Wilson is survived by his daughter Turkessa, his son, Pedro Antonio Jr., as well as 10 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, services will be private and the family plans to hold a celebration of his life later this year.

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