Co-Founder of The Supremes, Mary Wilson, 76, dies

Mary Wilson
Mary Wilson
Photo: WIll Jacks/WireImage/Getty Images
  • Mary Wilson has died at the age of 76.
  • Mary co-founded and formed one third of The Supremes -  the premier act of Motown Records - alongside Florence Ballard and Diana Ross.
  • "I was extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of a major member of the Motown family, Mary Wilson of the Supremes," founder of the Motown record label, Berry Gordy said in a statement.

Mary Wilson has died. She was 76 years old.

The singer, who co-founded The Supremes – the premier act of Motown Records – during the 1960s, died suddenly on Monday night at her home in Las Vegas, her publicist, Jay Schwartz said. A cause of death has not yet been revealed, reports NBC News.

"I was extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of a major member of the Motown family, Mary Wilson of the Supremes," record executive and the founder of the Motown record label, Berry Gordy said in a statement.

"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 No. 1 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."

The Supremes
The Supremes, 1964: Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard and Diana Ross.

The news of the singer's death, who gave us hits including Stop! In the Name of Love and Back in My Arms Again, comes shortly after she appeared on the 28th season of Dancing With the Stars and released her fourth book, Supreme Glamour in 2019, reports Variety.

Just two days before her death, she also shared a YouTube video promising new, solo music and upcoming interviews about the Supremes' experiences in honour of Black History Month.  

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24