Prince protege Vanity dies at 57

by Wade Massey February 17, 2016, 16:00

Vanity, a Prince protégé who renounced her sexy stage persona to become a Christian minister, has died. Last year, the singer put up a GoFundMe page, stating that she was diagnosed with an inflammation of the small intestines called sclerosis encapsulating peritonitis.

"I don't listen to my old music of Vanity's unless I have to hear it playing in a mall or something place like that", she said.

She stated Denise Matthews was glad in recent times. She absolutely loved GOD unto salvation. She also appeared both solo and with Vanity 6 on the Time's What Time Is It?

She detailed her conversion, as well as the darker elements of her life in the spotlight, in her 1999 memoir Blame It On Vanity.

"I sing to Jesus for Jesus now", she told Rolling Stone. She said that Matthews had been in a hospital since Saturday night.

"Can I tell you a story about Vanity?".

Fink said they reconnected about five years ago and Vanity seemed resigned to the fact that her life would be shortened by her ongoing health problems.

Born Denise Katrina Matthews, the former entertainer passed away in a Fremont, CA hospital, according to sources close to her family.

Ms. Matthews was supposed to play the female lead role in "Purple Rain", the semiautobiographical Prince film that was a box-office hit in 1984, but she abandoned the project before filming began. Their 1982 single "Nasty Girl" reached the top of Billboard's dance chart. Her music career also included two solo albums titled "Wild Animal" and "Skin on Skin".

Matthews' drug addiction resulted in an overdose in 1994 and kidney failure. She became a born-again Christian in the 1990's and remained so until her death.

After a romantic relationship between Vanity and Prince dissolved, Vanity went and got a record deal of her own, and the group was renamed Apollonia 6 after its new singer, Apollonia Kotero.

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