UPDATED with Diana Ross reaction: Mary Wilson, a founding member of Motown legends the Supremes, has died at the age of 76.
Her good friend and publicist Jay Schwartz confirmed that Wilson died abruptly at her home in Henderson, Nevada. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Motown founder Berry Gordy was known as Wilson a trailblazing diva after she signed for the document label in 1961 and remained with the unique Supremes line-up till their last efficiency in 1970. At that point, they had 12 number-one singles on the Billboard Sizzling 100 chart, together with Child Love and Cease! Within the Identify of Love.
In a press release, Gordy said: “I used to be extremely shocked and saddened to listen to of the passing of a significant member of the Motown family, Mary Wilson.
“The Supremes had been all the time known as the ‘sweethearts of Motown.’ Mary, together with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, got here to Motown within the early 1960s. After an unprecedented string of No. 1 hits, tv and nightclub bookings, they opened doors for themselves, the opposite Motown acts, and plenty of, many others. … I was all the time proud of Mary.
“She was fairly a star in her personal proper and through the years continued to work exhausting to spice up the legacy of the Supremes. Mary Wilson was extremely particular to me. She was a trailblazer, a diva and can be deeply missed.”
Diana Ross reacted to Wilson’s death on social media early Tuesday, saying she woke up to the unhappy news and despatched condolences to Wilson’s household. “I’m reminded that every day is a present,” she tweeted, including “I’ve so many great memories of our time collectively. The Supremes will love on in our hearts”.
Alongside her music achievements, Wilson had a screen profession. She starred within the 2019 version of Dancing with the Stars, whereas Wilson additionally featured in the soccer film Golden Sneakers and in NBC’s 1960s Tarzan TV series.
I just woke up to this news , my condolences to you Mary's family ,I am reminded that each day is a gift ,I have so many wonderful memories of our time together "The Supremes " will live on ,in our hearts 💕
— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) February 9, 2021