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Mary Wilson, Co-Founder of the Supremes, Dies at 76

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Mary Wilson, founding member of the Supremes, the groundbreaking group from the 1960s that produced 12 # 1 singles on the music charts and were key to Motown’s iconic sound, died Monday at her home in Henderson, Nevada. She was 76 years old.

Ms. Wilson’s death was confirmed by her publicist Jay Schwartz. No cause of death was given.

From 1964 to 1965 the Supremes, whose original members included Florence Ballard and Diana Ross as lead singer, released hits like “Where Did Our Love Go?” “Baby Love”, “Come See About Me” and “Stop”.

Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown, described Ms. Wilson as a “trailblazer” who will be missing. He said in a statement that the Supremes had opened doors for other Motown acts.

“I’ve always been proud of Mary,” Gordy said in the statement. “She was quite a star herself and has worked hard over the years to strengthen the Supremes legacy.”

Ms. Wilson’s funeral services will be private due to Covid-19 restrictions, Schwartz said, adding that a celebration of her life will be held later this year.

A full obituary will be released shortly.

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