Denise 'Vanity' Matthews, Reformed Pop Star And Prince Protégé, Dead At 57

17/02/2016 12:49 AM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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The 1980s pop star and model Denise Matthews, known by the stage name Vanity, died Monday at the age of 57. She battled years of kidney failure and a recent abdominal illness, according to TMZ.

Native to Canada, Matthews first found success as a model, but a fateful meeting at the American Music Awards in 1980 would help launch a singing career. Prince recruited the 21-year-old to become the lead singer of the R&B girl group Vanity 6, whose biggest hit was 1982's "Nasty Girl." Vanity 6 toured with Prince in '82 and '83, before splitting up. Vanity then released two solo albums via Motown Records, 1984's "Wild Animal" and 1986's "Skin on Skin."

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