Funk And R&B Singer Vanity Has Past Away At The Age Of 57
|Funk And R&B Singer Vanity Has Past Away At The Age Of 57|
She had been battling kidney failure and abdominal illness in recent years, according to reports.
The singer's health had worsened in recent months. Four months ago, she launched a GoFundMe campaign to pay for medical bills. On it, she revealed she was diagnosed with sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis, which causes a blockage of the small bowel. She'd asked for $50,000 but raised less than $7,000.
"I just cannot believe Vanity is gone. She was such a vibrant human being," Motown founder Berry Gordy said in a statement.
"Working with her on Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon, I found her to be a talented natural beauty, inside and out. It was an incredible experience. I will miss her."
Prince, who was touring in Australia, dedicated several songs to Matthews during a show, according to the Herald Sun newspaper.
|Vanity And Prince|
They “used to love each other deeply,” Prince said, according to the newspaper. “She loved me for the artist I was, I loved her for the artist she was trying to be.”
“I will you dearly. U are in his arms now, free of pain,” tweeted drummer Sheila E., who also worked with Prince.
Rapper MC Hammer tweeted that he had just attended church with Matthews on Saturday.
“Vanity left church after giving a beautiful testimony of appreciation for her Pastors & Thanks to her savior Jesus, I was there,” he tweeted.
“I was looking for her Sunday and the announcement came that she fell ill during the night.”