Denise Matthews

As we’re minutes away from the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, we’re sad to inform you that Prince’s former protege, Denise “Vanity” Matthews, has died at 57 years old.


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TMZ Reports:

Vanity, whose real name was Denise Katrina Matthews, passed away in a Fremont, CA hospital on Monday … according to sources close to her family. A few months ago she set up a GoFundMe page, and said she’d been diagnosed with sclerosis encapsulating peritonitis — an inflammation of the small intestines.

She also battled crack addiction in the 90s, and after a 1994 OD her kidneys were shot. She had to undergo nearly daily dialysis treatments.

Denise Matthews

Vanity became popular in the early ’80s when the group’s Prince-produced song “Nasty Girl” became a smash hit.

Friend and fellow artist Sheila E also confirmed Vanity’s passing on Twitter.

This is a developing story.


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