Mary Wilson’s Cause of Death Seems Related to a Dangerous Disease
A founding and key member of The Supremes Mary Wilson’s cause of death is still behind shadows after she passed away on Monday night (Feb. 8) at her home in Las Vegas at the age of 76. RIP.
According to a statement from her close friend and publicist, Jay Schwartz she died suddenly at her home in Henderson, Nevada, this evening.
She performed first as The Primettes before becoming The Supremes the Detroit-based trio of Wilson, Florence Ballard, and Diana Ross signed for Motown Records on Jan. 21, 1961.
The next decade saw the group become one of Motown’s best-known acts, breaking a host of chart records to become one of the best-selling girl groups of all time.
With 12 number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100, The Supremes’ hits included classics like:
- “Where Did Our Love Go”
- “Baby Love”
- “Come See About Me”
- “Stop! In the Name of Love”
- “Back in My Arms Again”
- “I Hear a Symphony”
- “You Can’t Hurry Love”
- And many others…
What we know about Mary Wilson’s Cause of Death
Although the cause of Mary Wilson’s death was not immediately revealed, there are some unofficial sources that claim she was suffering an anonymous disease and was not in a good health condition recently.
Just two days before the heartbreaking death, Wilson uploaded a video on her YouTube channel saying that she was working with Universal Music on releasing solo material, including the unreleased album “Red Hot” she recorded in the 1970s with producer Gus Dudgeon. “Hopefully some of that will be out on my birthday, March 6,” she announced.
She additionally promised upcoming interviews she had done about the Supremes’ experiences with segregation that she told were forthcoming in honor of Black History Month.
Late legend was a “trendsetter who broke down social, racial, and gender barriers,” based on what added in his statement. She kicked off her career in Detroit in 1959 as a singer in what was then named “The Primettes.” They went on to become “The Supremes,” Motown’s most successful group of the 1960s, with 12 number one singles including “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Baby Love,” and “Stop! In the name of Love.”
Reactions to Mary Wilson’s Passing
Following the death of Mary Wilson many of her friends and fans showed their sadness by posting their tributes on social media.
“I was extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of a major member of the Motown family, Mary Wilson of the Supremes,” Motown Records founder Berry Gordy said first of all in a statement Monday night. “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.”
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Nile Rodgers, guitarist and music producer wrote on Twitter, “@MWilsonSupreme Motown artists represented so much power and style and the Supremes were the vanguard. Condolences to your family and friends.”
A Quick Review of Mary Wilson’s Biography
The beauty was born in Greenville, Mississippi, on March 6, 1944, and was the eldest of three children to Sam and Johnnie Mae. Wilson’s family relocated to Detroit in the ’50s and she grew up in the Brewster-Douglass Projects, meeting Ballard in elementary school.
Mary Wilson is survived by her daughter Turkessa and grandchildren (Mia, Marcanthony, Marina); her son, Pedro Antonio Jr, and grandchildren (Isaiah, Ilah, Alexander, Alexandria); her sister Kathryn; her brother, Roosevelt; her adopted son/cousin William and grandchildren (Vanessa, Angela and Erica, and great-granddaughter Lori).
How will be Mary Wilson’s Funeral Held?
Funeral services will be private because of COVID, although there will be a public memorial later this year.
The family also requested that friends and fans back the United Negro College Fund or the Humpty Dumpty Institute. The second group helps in landmine clearance projects around the world.
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