Mary Wilson, a founding member of the iconic women singing group, “The Supremes” is dead. She died on Tuesday in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was aged 76.
Mary Wilson founded the all-girl music group with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 15. Originally known as The Primettes, the group’s name was changed to The Supremes when they signed for Motown Records in 1961.
The Supremes went ahead to dominate the American music scene in the 1960s, becoming the best-charting female group in U.S. chart history as well as one of the best-selling girl groups of all-time. She was also the last of the original founding members to leave the group, staying with the group until its disbandment in 1977.
Even though she had running court battles with her former employers, Motown Records, Wilson led a quiet, scandal-free life. She married Pedro Ferrer in 1974 and divorced in 1981. Wilson continued to perform in Las Vegas till the time of her death.
Circumstances surrounding her death are currently unknown, but her long-time publicist, Jay Schwartz, has disclosed that Wilson’s funeral service would be held privately with a public memorial service scheduled for later in the year.
Mary Wilson is survived by her three children; Rafael, Turkessa, and Pedro Antonio Jr, 10 grandchildren, and 1 great-granddaughter.