By Phil Helsel/NBC NEWS

Mary Wilson, a founding member of The Supremes, died Monday at her home in Las Vegas at the age of 76, her publicist said in a statement.

She died naturally of hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, the Clark County medical examiner said.

Publicist Jay Schwartz said Wilson, who had a history of heart disease, died peacefully in her sleep.

Wilson, who grew up in a housing project in Detroit, was an original member of the singing group so fundamental to Motown’s popularity, known globally for a string of hits including “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “Back in My Arms Again.”

“The Supremes were always known as the ‘sweethearts of Motown,'” Berry Gordy, founder of the Motown record label, said in a statement. “Mary, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, came to Motown in the early 1960s.

After an unprecedented string of No. 1 hits, television and nightclub bookings, they opened doors for themselves, the other Motown acts, and many, many others… She was a trailblazer, a diva and will be deeply missed.”

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