Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Denise Matthews (Vanity of Vanity 6) Dead at 57


*We had heard rumblings about her death earlier today, but didn’t have any solid info to report. Now we can.

Denise Matthews (a/k/a Vanity), the lead singer of the Prince protege group Vanity 6 from the 80s and 90s, is dead at 57. According to TMZ, she passed away from kidney failure as well as an abdominal illness.

Friends and family say Matthews, whose full name was Denise Katrina Matthews, died on Monday at a hospital in Fremont, California. It was just a few months ago that she set up a GoFundMe page after having been diagnosed with sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis — an inflammation of the small intestines.

Sadly, she battled crack addition, and after a 1994 OD, her kidneys were destroyed. She had to undergo nearly daily dialysis treatments.

Vanity’s biggest hit came in 1982 with “Nasty Girl” … a song produced by Prince. The group toured with Prince on his 1999 tour, but she quit right after that. She went on to sign a solo record deal with Motown, and starred in movies like “The Last Dragon” and “Action Jackson.”

Hollywood proved to not be Vanity’s thing si she gave up the entertainment biz as well as drugs and became a born-again Christian in the mid ’90s. She remained active in her local church up until her death. Reports say she was in church on Saturday evening and told the congregation she was “ready to go home.”

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