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    Default Vanity of Vanity 6 Dies at 57

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/prince-collaborator-vanity-dead-at-57-20160215

    Prince Collaborator Vanity Dead at 57


    Singer had been battling kidney failure and abdominal illness


    By Kory Grow February 15, 2016


    Vanity, who fronted Vanity 6 and collaborated with Prince, has died Ron Wolfson/Getty

    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.


    With her titular trio, Vanity — who was born Denise Katrina Matthews on January 4th, 1959, in Niagara Falls, Ontario — gave pop and R&B a sexually charged makeover in the early Eighties. Vanity 6's Prince-composed 1982 single, the funky, synthy "Nasty Girl," reached the top spot of Billboard's dance chart and the Top 10 of the R&B chart. As a solo artist, she scored more pop hits in the mid-Eighties, including "Pretty Mess," "Mechanical Emotion" and "Under the Influence." She also attracted controversy for her lecherous image, notably earning a place on the Parents Music Resource Center's "Filthy 15" for "Strap on 'Robbie Baby'" in 1985.


    Matthews, who began her career as a model, met Prince backstage at the American Music Awards in 1980, and the pair soon sparked both a romantic and creative relationship. "He wanted me to call myself 'Vagina,'" she told People in 1984. "He said people would know me nationwide. I said, 'No kidding.'"


    She sang backup on "Free," a track off his 1982 album 1999. That same year, she made her debut as a frontwoman with Vanity 6 on the trio's self-titled LP, whose track list comprised many songs written by Prince, including the singles "Nasty Girl" and "Drive Me Wild." She also appeared both solo and with Vanity 6 on the Time's What Time Is It? LP, another record primarily written by Prince. She broke away from Prince in 1984, telling People, "I needed one person to love me, and he needed more." She had been slated to co-star in Purple Rain but backed out at the end of the relationship, prompting Prince to begin working with a new protégé, Apollonia Kotero, and put her in charge of her own Vanity-styled girl group, Apollonia 6. Prince later used the sound of Vanity moaning, which he'd recorded in the Eighties, for his Come track "Orgasm" in 1994.


    By the mid-Eighties, Vanity was riding a wave of controversy. After Prince, she was linked romantically to a number of high-profile rock stars, including Adam Ant, Billy Idol and Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, the last of whom became her fiancé. She also posed nude twice for Playboy and baited conservatives. "I put the sexual image of me in my music," she told The Associated Press in 1985. "My music is very sexual, so you could say I'm just putting all of me out there." Through it all, she developed a reliance on drugs and by the early Nineties, she had begun smoking crack. She later told Joan Rivers she felt as though she'd been possessed by demons and that a friend had found her levitating three feet off her bed.
    Throughout the Eighties and Nineties, Vanity began acting in movies and TV shows, including 1985's The Last Dragon and 1988's Action Jackson.
    In the mid-Nineties, Vanity became a born-again Christian, after overdosing on crack. The experience led her to evangelism. She would go on to write the memoir Blame It on Vanity about her experiences, and she led her own Pure Heart Ministries in Fremont.


    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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    She was gorgeous, but not very talented imho. 57 is way too young. R.I.P.
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    Someone on here has a pic of her as an avie, she must be gutted.
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    She'd asked for $50,000 but raised less than $7,000.
    I thought that she was better and that she had gotten a kidney transplant. And Prince couldn't give her a loan to cover her bills? Was she too proud to ask him?

    One of my serious straight girl crushes. She was stunning.
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    She was awesomely beautiful. I remember watching the Tonight Show once and she was on there and one of the guests was Ed Begley, Jr. She was wearing some kind of white lace body stocking. Begley said later that her outfit was completely see through and you could fit the whole thing in a pill bottle. It was the only time I wished I was Ed Begley, Jr.

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    It was the only time I wished I was Ed Begley, Jr.
    Actually, if the rumors are true about his giftedness, a lot of guys would want to be him...it's supposed to be a big'un.
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    Her face was jaw droppingly, exquisitely beautiful not only that but sexy too, in a way that many truly beautiful faces are not.

    I can't comment on her musical talent but god damn she was blessed in other ways, with or without a lace body stocking
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    I always thought she was way more beautiful than Apollonia, who replaced her in Prince's girl group. No, she would not have asked Prince for money. I remember them having a big falling out and that's when she left the band and Apollonia came into the picture. Her body was SICK!

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    Latest Gossip is turning into celebrity obituary section. Maybe we should have a Who's Dead section instead of Who's Gay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greysfang View Post
    No, she would not have asked Prince for money. I remember them having a big falling out and that's when she left the band and Apollonia came into the picture. Her body was SICK!
    OMG, she had the best body, and mercifully didn't get really big implants. I had a poster of her in my barracks when I was stationed at the Navy SEAL base in Coronado. Someone stole it.

    ICB that Prince wouldn't let bygones be bygones...what a jerk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by idunno View Post
    Latest Gossip is turning into celebrity obituary section. Maybe we should have a Who's Dead section instead of Who's Gay.
    The rate they're dropping this year we'd be better off calling it, Who's Alive
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    I just finished reading Billy Idol's autobiography and in it he says he had a brief romance with Vanity. He was completely in love with her from the get go because (in his words) she was so beautiful, you could not be in love with her.



    57 is young. Rip Vanity
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    Quote Originally Posted by BITTER View Post
    Actually, if the rumors are true about his giftedness, a lot of guys would want to be him...it's supposed to be a big'un.
    I've heard. But Annette Benning still left him for Warren Beatty.
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    I thought she had married a football player? It would be nice of Prince to help out with final expenses.
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    She really was exquisitely beautiful. RIP, Denise.

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