Very sad news breaking overnight as it's been confirmed that the legendary Mary Wilson has passed. According to her longtime publicist, Jay Schwartz, the 76-year-old died suddenly last night at her home in Las Vegas. At this point, the circumstances of her death weren’t immediately revealed.
Wilson, along with Diana Ross and the late Florence Ballard, co-founded The Supremes in a Detroit housing project when she was 15 in the 1960s. While Diana and Florence left the group, Mary stayed until the end in 1977.
Berry Gordy, Motown founder, released a statement about Mary’s death. “I was extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of a major member of the Motown family, Mary Wilson of the Supreme,” Gordy offered. “The Supremes were always known as the ‘sweethearts of Motown.’ Mary, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, came to Motown in the early 1960s. After an unprecedented string of number one hits, television and nightclub bookings, they opened doors for themselves, the other Motown acts, and many, many others. … I was always proud of Mary. She was quite a star in her own right and over the years continued to work hard to boost the legacy of the Supremes. Mary Wilson was extremely special to me. She was a trailblazer, a diva and will be deeply missed.”
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that friends and fans support the United Negro College Fund and the Humpty Dumpty Institute.
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