Patti LaBelle ‘Deeply Saddened’ by Death of Supremes Singer Mary Wilson

by Matthew Wilson

Singer Patti Labelle mourns the death of Mary Wilson. Wilson was one of the founding members of the 1960s music group The Supremes.

Labelle is the latest of Wilson’s peers to publicly offer their condolences to the late singer’s family. Wilson’s sudden death surprised both her family and friends as well as fans across the nation. Wilson passed away on Feb. 8 at 76-years-old. After her death, fans and fellow musicians express an outpouring of tributes and memorials to her.

In her post, Labelle also focused on the rich legacy that Wilson left behind.

On Twitter, Labelle wrote, “I am deeply saddened by the passing of the beautiful Mary Wilson! She was a legend and an icon and what she contributed to the world cannot be overstated. I send my deepest condolences and prayers to her family, loved ones and fans.”

Singer Gladys Knight also mourned Wilson’s death, writing, “Mary Wilson brought something wonderful to the Supremes. The warmth in her voice and music came from her soul. She was a good friend` and I will miss her smile, her voice, and her heart.”

Additionally, Wilson’s collaborator and fellow Supremes singer Diana Ross expressed sadness about the loss.

“I just woke up to this news, my condolences to you Mary’s family,” Ross tweeted. “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.”

Mary Wilson and The Supremes

During the 1960s, the Supremes shot to stardom and became one of the most successful R&B groups of their generation. The Supremes helped break into the mainstream and inspired a generation of black musicians to follow in their footsteps. Over the course of her career, Wilson had 12 No. 1 hits including “Baby Love,” “Stop! In The Name Of Love,” “Back In My Arms Again,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.” 

After the Supremes, Wilson continued singing, as well as promoting humanitarian works like finding a cure for HIV/AIDS and ending world hunger. She also became a published author, writing about her early career as well. Before her death, Wilson had been working on some new material as a solo artist. She hoped to release the songs in time for her birthday in March.

It’s unknown how far along she was and if the songs will still be released. Wilson will be remember for many things including her singing voice.