Mary Wilson (died February 8th, aged 76)
The Supremes founding member Mary Wilson died of high blood pressure as a result of artery blockages at her home in Nevada. Her death came just two days after she had announced on YouTube that she was planning to release new solo material with Universal Music Group, which she hoped would be released before her 77th birthday on March 6th.
Founded as The Primettes in Michigan in 1959, The Supremes are the most successful Motown act of the 1960s and are America’s most successful vocal group to date. Aside from Wilson, the two other original members of The Supremes are Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson. After the group disbanded in 1977, Wilson became a New York Times best-selling author with the 1986 release of her first autobiography, Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme.