American singer Mary Wilson, who co-founded the Supremes, has died at the age of 76, her agent said.
She died Monday at her home in Las Vegas, said Jay Schwartz, quoted by several American media, without the cause of death being known immediately.
Mary Wilson had co-founded the group at 15 in Detroit and had continued the adventure long after Diana Ross left.
“My condolences to Mary’s family, it reminds me that every day is a gift, I have so many wonderful memories of the time we spent together. The Supremes will live on, in our hearts, ”Diana Ross tweeted Tuesday.
Mary Wilson “was a pioneer, a diva and she will be sorely missed,” said producer Berry Gordy, inventor of the “Motown sound”, which is behind several of the group’s hits.
Just a few days ago, Mary Wilson posted a short video to YouTube to mark ‘Black History Month’ and announcing “great news about the Supremes, Florence Ballard and the content. unpublished ”.
Born in 1944 in Greenville, Mississippi, Mary Wilson was raised by her uncle and aunt before moving to Detroit with her mother at age 12.
It was there that she started singing and, along with Florence Ballard, founded the group that would become known as the Supremes.
Success came in the 1960s with songs like “Stop!” In the Name of Love ”and“ Baby Love ”.
But after the departure of Diana Ross in 1970 to launch a solo career, the group never regained their place at the top of the charts. He still found success with “River Deep, Mountain High” and “Stoned Love”.
Amid the changes of members, Mary Wilson remained a pillar of the group until the adventure ended in 1977.
In 1988, she was entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of the Supremes.