No cause of death was noted in the statement released by the publicist, Jay Schwartz.
Mary Wilson was the longest-reigning original Supreme and an absolute legend.
She died the evening of February 8, 2021, at her home in Las Vegas at the age of 76, according to her publicist in a statement. Wilson was the longest-reigning original Supreme.
The group’s first No. 1, million-selling song, “Where Did Our Love Go,” was released June 17, 1964. Touring at the time, Wilson said there was a moment when she realized they had a hit song.
“I remember that instead of going home on the bus, we flew,” she told The Associated Press in 2014. “That was our first plane ride. We flew home. We had really hit big.”
Wilson was born in Greenville, Mississippi. She was the eldest of three children. Before she became a teenager, Wilson and her family had settled the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit. It was there that she met Florence Ballard while singing at a school talent show. The pair later went on to join The Primettes, with Diana Ross and Betty McGlown. The Primettes signed to Motown Records in 1961, changing the group's name to The Supremes.
Wilson had three children with her ex-husband, Pedro Ferrer. Turkessa, Pedro Antonio Jr. and Rafael. She was also the adoptive mother of her cousin, Willie. As of September 2019, Mary haD 10 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter.
Just two days before her death, Wilson announced on YouTube that she was planning to release new solo material with Universal Music Group, and hoped it would come out before March 6, her birthday.
The world has lost one of its greatest legends, Mary Wilson, original and founding member of the Supremes. pic.twitter.com/KJzNutx9lQ— Classic Motown (@ClassicMotown) February 9, 2021
RIP to the original Supreme, Mary Wilson. She was known as “the sexy one” in the group but she was much more, and worked til the end to preserve the group’s incredible legacy in the music world and in history. pic.twitter.com/8S20RJZdwk— Andy Cohen (@Andy) February 9, 2021
As the longest-running member of the Supremes, Mary Wilson inherited the band’s gowns. “Whenever I see them, I think about .. the performances and the love. I also think about 3 girls from the projects who dared to dream.”#RIP— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) February 9, 2021
“Come See About Me” (1964)pic.twitter.com/FcWTyddqxq
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 💕— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) February 9, 2021