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Singer Florence Ballard formed The Supremes in 1961 with childhood friends Mary Wilson and Diana Ross. She sang on 16 different Top 40 hits.
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Ballard also reconciled with her estranged husband. Fueled by a resurgence of energy, she began performing again with the female rock group The Deadly Nightshade. Following her return to the world of music, Ballard was booked for several television and magazine interviews and began exploring ways to revive her career.
Just when Ballard's life finally seemed to be on an upward swing, tragedy struck. On February 21, 1976, she checked herself into Detroit's Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital,
complaining of pain in her extremities. A day later, she died of a blood clot on one of her coronary arteries. She was only 32 years old.
Ballard's short life witnessed more than its share of disappointment and sadness. But her contribution to music, especially as a member of The Supremes, brought joy to fans around the world. Ballard sang on 16 different Top 40 hits; she, Diana Ross, and Mary Wilson dazzled the world with their talent and style, becoming role models to millions of people.
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