Eighties pop star Vanity, whose real name was Denise Katrina Matthews, died Monday at the age of 57 in California, Gisela Hernandez, director of community relations at Washington Hospital Health Care System confirmed.
Matthews passed away at the hospital, but Hernandez could not say exactly when or how she died.
The artist, whose real name is Denise Katrina Matthews, was known for playing roles like Laura Charles in the cult urban-kung-fu classic “The Last Dragon,” and Sydney Ash in Action Jackson, as well as being a lead singer in the girl band Vanity 6.
She set up a GoFundMe asking for financial support a few months ago after a long battle with kidney failure stemming from a drug overdose in 1994 required her to undergo daily dialysis.
Vanity passed away in Fremont, Calif., after a battle with sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis (SEP) more recently, which causes an inflammation of the small intestines, compounded her health issues, according to TMZ.
On the GoFundMe page, the singer wrote about her trials and tribulations.
“I went into the emergency twice this week, boy it is not fun suffering in this body of weak flesh…” She wrote. “But Jesus is straightening out all my crooked places in my heart as i go thru this time of pain….i won’t complain!”
Social media lit up with tributes to the Queen of Nasty from friends and fellow celebrities like Sheila E, Solange Knowles, Questlove, and MC Hammer.
Vanity was Prince’s protege who discovered her in the early 80’s.
The trio, Vanity 6, was only together for about three years before breaking up.