Sunday, June 1, 2008

RUMOR OR REAL: SISTER OF FORMER SUPREME SINGER FLO BALLARD WANTS BODY EXHUMED TO PROVE SINGER WAS MURDERED.

According to The Globe tabloid, a story claiming the sister of late Supremes star Florence Ballard (pictured in the center of the photo above) wants to dig up the singer's body to prove she was in fact murdered, and not the victim of a coronary artery thrombosis as an autopsy concluded. Maxine has never accepted that official cause of death, which happened more than 30 years ago, according to the Globe. Ballard's 65-year-old sibling believes she was murdered because she knew too much about some of the music industry's biggest players and was plotting an expose' about Motown when she died. She tells The Globe: "[Florence] didn't have a history of heart disease. There was this brown cereal-type substance (in her system) that was never identified. I believe she was killed because someone wanted to silence her... Florence had big plans for the future. I believe she was killed." The Globe points to an old interview the late soul star gave to the Detroit Free Press just before her death, when she admitted she feared for her life after suing Motown founder Berry Gordy for what she claimed was missing millions in royalty money. She revealed, "I began to get scared. I don't know why, I just had a fear."

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Throughout her childhood and early teens, Florence's biggest desire was to express her musical talent. Her desire was realized at the age of fifteen when she formed a quartet that later became the number one popular music group in America. This group was the Supremes. As a member of the Supremes, Florence helped define a chapter of popular music history. She, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson dazzled the world with their style and became role models to millions of people. Florence left the Supremes in 1967 as a superstar. She started a solo career but suffered many setbacks that led her life in a different direction. She fought a persistent battle for several years and eventually prevailed and reestablished herself. At the time of her death, she was on her way to a comeback. Seven months before she died, Florence sang to a packed house in Detroit's Ford Auditorium. The public never forgot her even after an eight-year absence from the spotlight.

2 comments:

JonathanLGardner said...

RIP Flo.
She was beautiful. Look how she totally OWNS that picture =D

Anonymous said...

Berry Gordy had her taken out!

He is a dog!

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