During Jackies 1974 performance of Lonely Teardrops in New Jersey, he suffered a heart attack and went into a coma. He spent the last eight years of his life in nursing homes.
"No More Lonely Teardrops"
Jackie Wilson passed away on January 21st, 1984. He was buried in lot 17, an unmarked grave at Westlawn Cemetery, in Westland, Michigan. In June of 1987, a marker was placed on his burial site. along with his mother.
↑ "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch United States Social Security Death Index, accessed 13 April 2017, Jack Wilson, Jan 1984; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing
↑ 2.02.12.2 "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum," database performance inductees, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, accessed 14 April 2017, citing: Jackie Wilson, performer inductee, 1987, 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio, 44114, (216) 781-ROCK
↑ "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch United States Census, 1940, accessed 13 April 2017, Jack Wilson in household of Jack Wilson, Ward 7, Detroit, Detroit City, Wayne, Michigan, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 84-318, sheet 4A, line 35, family 71, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1850.