Vanity Dead At 57 (Of Prince Fame & Nikki Sixx Ex.)

Posted: 02/16/2016 in Dead Famous

 

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Denise Katrina Matthews (January 4, 1959 – February 15, 2016), formerly known as Vanity and sometimes credited as Denise Matthews-Smith or D.D. Winters, was a Canadian singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and model who turned away from her acting and music career to concentrate on evangelism. Vanity’s career lasted from the 1980s until the early mid-1990s.

She was the lead singer of the female trio Vanity 6 from 1981 until it disbanded in 1983. The group was well known for their 1982 R&B/funk hit “Nasty Girl“. Vanity’s music career, also included two solo albums on Motown Records; Wild Animal and Skin on Skin, as well as the hit singles, “Pretty Mess“, “Mechanical Emotion“, and “Under the Influence“.

She also had a successful acting career, starring in films The Last Dragon, 52 Pick-Up, and Action Jackson.

Matthews suffered from sclerosis encapsulating peritonitis, a complex form of a kidney disease, and died in a Fremont, California hospital on February 15, 2016, at the age of 57.

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