Diana Ross Pays Tribute to Late Supremes Groupmate Mary Wilson: 'Each Day Is a Gift'
Rest in peace, Mary Wilson.
On Tuesday, Diana Ross shared a tribute to Wilson, her Supremes co-founder and groupmate from 1959 to 1970, who died Monday evening at age 76.
"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," she wrote. "'The Supremes' will live on in our hearts."
The cause of death for Wilson — who competed on Dancing with the Stars in 2019 — has not been revealed, but her publicist told several outlets that she "passed away suddenly."
Along with Ross, 76, several other celebrities and Supremes fans shared their condolences to the Wilson family, posting tributes to the late star.
"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," Patti LaBelle wrote. "I send my deepest condolences and prayers to her family, loved ones and fans."
"My heart is broken! I got to know #MaryWilson on @DancingABC and she was one of the sweetest, most vibrant, talented women I had ever met. I will miss you!" tweeted Karamo Brown.
"R.I.P. Mary Wilson, your legacy speaks for itself," wrote Billy Porter on Instagram. "The Supremes are legendary! 🙏🏾"
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"A Loved Supreme. Goodbye Mary Wilson...The Dreamgirl," wrote Questlove.
"RIP to the original Supreme, Mary Wilson," tweeted Andy Cohen. "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."
"OMG! Mary Wilson of the Supremes has died suddenly," wrote Paul Stanley. "I was just on a Zoom call with her Wednesday for about an hour & never could have imagined this. So full of life & great stories. Absolutely shocked. Rest In Supreme Peace Mary."
"The World has lost one of its greatest legends, Mary Wilson, original and founding member of the Supremes," he wrote. "Her voice captivated the world and her infectious laughter and spirit delighted her fans. Many artists have Mary to thank as she was often the spokesperson for the music industry and known as a fierce advocate for artist rights and copyright protection."
"But it was her music, first and foremost, that helped bridge America's cultural divide and continues to inspire a new generation," he added.
Ally Brooke, who competed on DWTS with Wilson, shared that the two "became like family to each other" after the show.
"My heart is broken. Truly broken," she wrote. "She was the sweetest, most beautiful soul. We related to each other in so many ways. She would give me the most priceless advice and would always make me feel so loved and special. Her arms were the sweetest place to be. I would call her my Queen, and she would call me her Princess."
"We stayed in each other's lives beyond the show. She was so sweet, she even came just to see me at one of my performances. This photo is from that day. That is who she was," she added. "She was a singer and entertainer unlike anyone else. She was a true legend. An original Supreme. And beyond that, she was an extraordinary soul."
Wilson is survived by her daughter, son, several grandchildren, a sister and a brother, per CNN.