The 4 Tops chief Abdul ‘Duke’ Fakir has been left “actually heartbroken” by the sudden loss of life of The Supremes star and his former fiancee Mary Wilson.
The You Cannot Hurry Love hitmaker handed away late on Monday, aged 76, and Fakir reveals her sudden loss was all of the extra surprising as a result of they’d simply spoken over the telephone days earlier.
“She was in good spirits, mentioned she was feeling nice,” he advised Billboard of what would turn into their closing dialog. “She was engaged on some sort of new mission, which was regular for her. She was all the time making an attempt to do one thing totally different and new.”
The musicians had grown shut within the early 1960s after the 4 Tops signed to Motown, and he remembers changing into “immediate buddies” with Wilson.
“In fact, it grew into one thing a bit of greater than that,” he mentioned of their temporary 1964 engagement, which ended with the celebs deciding to maintain to buddies as a substitute of lovers – and so they remained shut confidants till the tip.
“We have been lifelong buddies, expensive buddies,” he shared. “She was in all probability one of many sweetest folks I ever met – so energetic, so joyful.
“She was such a sweetheart and had a lot power. So this (loss of life) was the very last thing I anticipated. I am actually in a state of shock.”