Singer/Actress Vanity Dies After Prolonged Illness

(AllHipHop News) Beloved entertainer-turned-preacher Vanity (real name Denise Mathews) died Monday (February 15) after a prolonged illness. The Prince-affiliate was well-known for her hit song “Nasty Girl.” She was 57.

“SADDEN my FRIEND IN CHRIST gone 2day. Vanity, Denise Matthews. MISS YOU DEARLY. U ARE IN HIS ARMS NOW, NO Pain,” said drummer and friend Sheila E.

To many she was a sex symbol, but would go one to shun her past to become an evangelist.

At the time of her death, she was apparently working on a book and raising funds for her medical bills. Four months ago, she posted on GoFund me, “My Nephrologist told me Friday afternoon that i did not have Pacreatitis and that is good news however the bad news is they say i have ‘Sclerosis Encapsulating Peritonitis’ I thought the first diagnosis was weird because i was never a drinker nor have i ever been drunk in my whole life, that was not my drug of choice ‘back in the day.’”

In the post, she said she was in “excruciating” pain during her treatment.

“I will endure until He comes for my soul. ..Tho my testimonies, some hard and some dangerously painful are all unto the glory of the Lord,” she maintained. She suffered incredible damage to her kidneys after a 1994 drug overdose and had 23 surgeries since that time.

The R&B star was mentored by Prince in the 1980’s and was the crush of many boys, primarily stemming from her song “Nasty Boys.” She also appeared in the hit movie “The Last Dragon” and “Action Jackson.”

AllHipHop sends deep, profound condolences to her friends and family.

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    R.I.P VANITY theses hoes will never be able to lace your garder

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  • Silent_Partner

    Prince’s baddest one back in the day. R.I.P.

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  • Anthony Mason

    Grammy blood sacrifice alert! 15 days minus 2nd month equals 13!!!!!! The favorite number of the illuminati.

    Jk guys….Really though condolences to her family….



  • therealest1

    Wow, this is tragic. But that drug abuse really took a toll although she quit over 20 years ago unfortunately.

    The ironic thing is she was married to a former Raiders defensive end in the mid-90s for a year, Anthony Wayne Smith. And he was just sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole almost a month ago.

    It’s quite an irony both of their paths went tragic ways after their one year marriage 20 years ago.

  • Papi Peligro

    Man you remember that when you coke and heroine I think she been drug free for over 30 years.

  • Damn…. What a way to go. Drug abuse is no joke.

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  • Q.

    Artists are passing away left and right in 2016. And it’s only February! Sad to hear. Vanity was FINE as hell back in the 80s, with a natural body. Prince knew how to pick ’em! “The Last Dragon” was a Black cult classic (“You look like a master to me”). Pop-thot Britney Spears copied her song with that “Slave 4 U” nonsense; she needs to pay homage ASAP. 57 years old is way young. May her pain and suffering be over now. R.I.P.

    (Sidenote: Abusing your body has long-term effects. Youngstas, take heed. We’ll find out soon enough the long-term effects of molly, lean, and all the other brain-altering bullsh!t y’all loved to partake in, not to mention the “traditional” drugs and alcohol. It won’t be pretty!)


    • TheAfroRican

      Agreed. Speaking of Brittney copying Vanity’s song, she had assistance from the Neptunes because the drum pattern is a total rip from “Nasty Girl”.

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    • therealest1

      True indeed regarding the drug abuse part. If anyone does a shitload in their lifetime, no matter how long they’ve been sober, it’s still stays in your system regardless and will resurface and affect your body in a negative way.

  • Golgo 13

    damn R.I.P

  • TheAfroRican

    Rest In Paradise, Denise Matthews!

  • Slaughtr

    Rest In Power Denise loved you growing up a kid. Why do some of you all keep saying drugs read the fkin article again!!

  • RespectA

    I thought she was the most beautiful woman ever growing up. R.I.P.

    • Dox

      Me too. Such a beautiful person with talent. Sad to see her gone, I just googled her last month wondering what had happened to her.

  • Black Adam

    R.I.P. To the very beautiful Denise Mathews. That song was smooth and hilarious in that scene in Beverly Hills Cop! I have The Last Dragon on blu-ray. Classics all around.

  • Dox

    #Random But man, I miss how black women looked and acted in the 80’s.


    R.I.P. she was a beautiful and talented woman….My condolences to her family.

  • that dude

    Wow, I’m going home to watch The Last Dragon. Almost all of the stars of that incredible movie has died except for Bruce Leroy. Leo O’Brian died a couple years ago And I think Sho Nuff dies way before that. Smh…..

  • Brindle

    R.I.P… I still remember the inside of that Rolling Stone magazine, my momma was mad at that shit

  • big brain

    Before lil Kim and Nikki, she had sexual lyrics and was fine. RIP

  • Wetwork510

    She lived in Fremont, Ca in the Bay Area a few doors down from my parents. She was a cool lady