The Marvelettes singer Wanda Young has died a family member for the Please Mr. Postman performer has confirmed.
The iconic chart topping star – who was one of the last remaining members of the American girl group who found fame in the 1960s – was 78-years-old.
Wanda’s daughter, Meta Ventress, confirmed that the singer had passed away due to complications caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
While news of Wanda’s death didn’t emerge until Christmas Day, her family confirmed that she had passed away earlier in the month on December 15th.
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TMZ reports that Wanda’s daughter, Mia, confirmed the sad news: “saying her mother had passed almost two weeks ago, on Dec. 15, in Garden City, MI.”
While the report also attributes Wanda’s death to “obstructive pulmonary disease” – a condition that causes difficulty with breathing, among other symptoms.
Wanda joined girl band The Marvelettes just before they signed their first record deal and performed alongside bandmates Gladys Horton and Katherine Anderson.
While Wanda also worked with the group throughout different line-ups, becoming one of the longest serving members who had been there since the beginning – and went on to provide lead vocals for the group.
The success of the group’s 1961 hit Please Mr Postman helped put Motown on the map and saw the single reach the top of the American charts.
While other hit songs from the ladies included Locking Up My Heart, Too Many Fish in the Sea, I’ll Keep Holding On, and Don’t Mess with Bill.
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