Vanity, a singer who collaborated with Prince, fronted the group Vanity 6 and courted controversy, died in a hospital in Fremont, California, on Monday. She was 57.
She had been battling kidney failure and abdominal illness in recent years, according to TMZ, which reported the news. 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.
Vanity’s biggest hit came in 1982 with “Nasty Girl” … a song produced by Prince. The group toured with Prince on his 1999 tour, but she quit right after that. She went on to sign a solo record deal with Motown, and starred in movies like “The Last Dragon” and “Action Jackson.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone last year, Vanity expressed remorse for her wild ways. “I don’t listen to my old music of Vanity’s unless I have to hear it playing in a mall or something place like that,” she said. “I sing to Jesus for Jesus now. This gives me pure joy … worship! I apologize profusely to those I have offended deeply a million times over.”
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