She was a favorite 80s pin-up girl and one of Prince‘s most famous protegés and now Vanity, born Denise Katrina Matthews, has tragically passed away today [Monday, February 15, 2016].
The lead singer of girl group Vanity 6 died earlier this afternoon in a Fremont, CA hospital after years of battling kidney failure and, more recently, an abdominal illness.
A few months ago, Vanity set up a GoFundMe page, and said she’d been diagnosed with sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis—an inflammation of the small intestines.
After rising to fame in cult classic movies like The Last Dragon, Vanity had a well-known battle with crack addiction in the 90s,with an overdose leading to kidney failure and ongoing daily dialysis treatments.
She will be sadly missed and the Musical community has lost another great actress performer and friend rest easy for you are now in the arms of your maker.