Cofounder Of The Supremes, Mary Wilson, Dies Suddenly
Mary Wilson, cofounder of the most famous female Motown trio of all time, The Supremes, passed at her home in Las Vegas Monday night. She was 76. Her longtime publicist, Jay Schwartz, announced the shocking news but didn't say what the cause of death was. There were no prior reports of the star being ill, at least not publicly. Due to COVID, her funeral will be private, but Schwartz said there will be a memorial in her honor. More details surrounding the public ceremony are pending.
Her death is a devastating blow to the world of music. Barry Gordy Jr. gave a statement saying, " I was extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of a major member of the Motown family."
Mary was only 15 years old when she, Dianna, and Florence started their careers at Motown in the early '60s and were dubbed the labels sweethearts. The famous songbirds would go on to land an unprecedented string of #1s, forever solidifying their place in music history.
Many will say the iconic Wilson had better vocals than her incredible fellow group member, Dianna Ross. "She was my friend and always a star," said legendary radio personality, Joe Madison.