Prince Protégé Vanity Dead

It’s a sad day in the purple kingdom.

Prince’s old protégé and collaborator Denise Matthews, better known as Vanity, passed away on Monday. The reason was probably kidney failure.

In the early 80’s Vanity became the front figure of Prince’s girl group Vanity 6. Raunchy sex appeal combined with Prince’s Minneapolis sound became their trademark with hits such as Nasty Girl.

After years of singing, acting and an overall excessive lifestyle, Denise Matthews turned to Christianity and concentrated on her faith instead.

She was 57 when she died.

RIP

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