Stephanie Mills shared her grief over the death of her friend and legendary singer, Betty Wright, in an emotional post about the pain she feels dealing with the loss.
"I am hurt by the loss of my dear friend. @therealbettywright #NoPainNoGain rest well my friend."
In the photo, Wright towered over Mills with her signature long afro hairstyle as they shared an embrace while posing for the camera.
"So sorry for your loss. I remember hearing her music in my household growing up for years," said One fan. The tribute had another fan feeling nostalgic over some of her hit songs.
A fan commented on Stephanie Mills’ emotional tribute to the late Betty Wright | Source: Instagram.com/iamstephaniemills
Wright is the voice behind hits such as "Clean Up Woman" and "Tonight is the Night." According toCNN
, she died on May 10, 2020, at her home in Miami after a battle with cancer.
The president of S-Curve Records, Steve Greenberg, who worked with her, told The New York Times that in the fall, she had been diagnosed with endometrial cancer. She was 66-years-old.
It is reported, Wright started singing at two years old in a gospel group formed by her family called "Echoes of Joy." By age 12, she had written her first hit, "Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do," in 1968. Beyoncé later sampled the song.
During her career, she won a Grammy and was nominated six times. Recently, she has featured on songs with DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar, and Holy Key.
Mills, who also has a Grammy under her belt, has a career over five decades-long in the music industry. It started with her role as the original Dorothy on "The Wiz." Sharing her experiences in music, she said:
"I went through trials and tribulations, that I know exactly what I want to do and I'm not going to be politically correct."
Wrights' death fell within the same weekend that two other music icons lost their lives; singer Little Richard and music executive Andre Harrell.
They have also been remembered by their fans and fellow celebrities on social media for their groundbreaking achievements.
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