LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Singer and actress Vanity — a former protege of rocker Prince — has died.
The Canadian-born performer — born Denise Katrina Matthews — was 57.READ MORE: Residents Say Strong Stench In Carson Keeps Getting Stronger
At the height of her 80s era career, Vanity fronted the all-girl rock group Vanity 6. The group’s biggest hit was 1982’s “Nasty Girl” written and produced by Prince.
Vanity reportedly died from an inflammation of the small intestines and succumbed at a hospital in Fremont, California.READ MORE: Man Suspected Of Stealing Truck Taken Into Custody Following Pursuit
A former model, her other credits included “The Pick-Up Artist,” “Terror Train,” “The Last Dragon,” and “Action Jackson”.
Contemporary Sheila E. tweeted her sadness and condolences Monday.
A 1994 drug overdose nearly killed Vanity. The overdose led to kidney damage and a series of health issues. Recently, she started a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses.MORE NEWS: LA Firefighters Respond To Fire At Suspected Marijuana Grow Operation In Canoga Park
In her later years, she left show business and found religion.