Denise Katrina Matthews, who went by the name Vanity, passed away at the age of 57 in a Fremont hospital on Monday. The lead singer of the Prince-backed '80s girl group Vanity 6 had battled kidney failure for years, and more recently, an abdominal illness.
Matthews created a GoFundMe page in Sept. 2014 to raise funds for her medical conditions, specificially sclerosing encapsulating peritontis, which she was diagnosed with last fall. On the site's page, she claimed that she wanted to republish her autobiography, Blame It On Vanity, to help fund the ongoing medical bills she had received for the 23 surgeries she had over the years and her continued three times a week dialysis.
[jump] The singer, who battled a crack addiction in the '90s, overdosed in '94, which led to her kidney failure.
Her biggest hit was 1982's “Nasty Girl” and the group toured with Prince on his 1999 tour. Matthews signed a solo record deal with Motown Records and also starred in movies like The Last Dragon and Action Jackson.
Matthews became a born-again Christian in the '90s after she quit drugs and left Hollywood. According to TMZ, she had attended church the Saturday evening before her death.