Legendary singer Mary Wilson, one of the co-founding members of The Supremes, passed away Monday evening on Feb. 8, at her home in Las Vegas, Nevada, as we reported. She was 76.
The Supremes, which included Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, became one of Motown’s most successful groups of the ’60s with songs such as “Baby Love” and “Where Did Our Love Go.” The Supremes officially called it quits with a farewell show in London in June 1977.
Wilson went on to release three memoirs about her time with the Supremes. The songstress released her album “Walk the Line” in 1992 and her last single, “Time to Move On,” in 2015, which reached number 23 on the billboard dance chart.
Tributes for the late star flooded the internet, including one from fellow bandmate Ross, who wrote on Twitter, “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.”
Patti LaBelle took to Twitter:
Motown founder Berry Gordy said in a lengthy statement that he was shocked and saddened to hear of her passing. “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.”
Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph posted an emotional tribute on her Instagram, reflecting on her time knowing Wilson.
Wilson’s legacy will live on forever.
(Via Atlanta Black Star; photos: MediaPunch)