Pop Singer Denise Matthews ‘Vanity’ is dead: What was cause of her death, when she died
Pop Singer Denise Matthews who was known more popularly as ‘Vanity’ is no more. The 57-year old Matthews passed away Monday in Fremont, Calif.
Her fans are shocked over the sudden death of the pop singer who also worked as model and actor. Despite being a gifted singer and actor, many people felt very surprised when she left her lucrative career midway.
In the meantime news of her death was confirmed by her sister Renay Matthews. She said her sister had been admitted to a hospital on Saturday night after struggling for years with health issues related to her kidneys. Denise Katrina Matthews was born on 4 January, 1959 and was initially known as Vanity and sometimes credited as Denise Matthews-Smith or D.D. Winters. She was a Canadian singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and model, who turned away from her acting and music career to concentrate on evangelism. Her career lasted from the 1980s until the early mid-1990s.
She started very young in the music industry. Matthews, who was brought up in Niagara Falls, Ontario, worked as a model in Canada before shifting to the United States. After she met Prince at the American Music Awards, he helped her establish the Vanity 6, three women who had a hit in 1982 with “Nasty Girl.” After the group separated, Matthews released work as a solo artist. Matthews later said that the fast pace had impacted her life, describing herself as “extremely wild” to Jet magazine in 1993. She said that drug use had nearly killed her and she had renal failure in the 1990s. After that incident, her life took a religious turn. She renounced the name Vanity and became a Christian evangelist.
Her personal life was not very happy. In the mid-1990s, Ms. Matthews had a short marriage to the N.F.L. player Anthony Wayne Smith, who was penalized for murder last month. As news of her death spread on Monday during the Grammy Awards, many musicians expressed their sympathies on social networks. Ahmir Thompson, drummer for the Roots wrote, “Vanity was everything to me.” Prince’s previous drummer Sheila Escovedo, who had sensations of her own during the 1980s as Sheila E, wrote, “Miss you dearly.”