Vanity, the ’80s pop singer and actress, has died at age 57. She was born in Canada real name Denise Katrina Matthews.
According to TMZ the star had been suffering from kidney failure for years and, more recently, an abdominal illness.
Vanity was a protege of Prince and fronted the all-girl group Vanity 6, which had a hit with “Nasty Girl” in 1982.
She later went to act in such movies as The Last Dragon, 52 Pick-Up and Action Jackson.
After an overdose in 1994, she left Hollywood and became a born-again Christian, once saying “When I came to the Lord Jesus Christ, I threw out about 1,000 tapes of mine — every interview, every tape, every video. Everything.” Following a 1997 kidney transplant, she devoted herself to evangelism, speaking at churches.
In 1995 she was married to Los Angeles Raiders player Anthony Smith, divorcing the following year. She had also been engaged to Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx.
MC Hammer Tweet: “Today my friend & Sister Denise Katrina Matthews p/k/a #Vanity passed away. She absolutely loved GOD unto salvation. Rest in his Glory.”