Vanity, a protege of Prince who briefly achieved stardom as the lead singer of the all-girl group Vanity 6( Girl Group Apollonia
6), died Monday in a California hospital, the gossip site TMZ reported.
She was 57.
The Canadian-born pop singer and actress had been battling inflammation of her small intestines, the latest in a string of health problems.
Vanity, born Denise Katrina Matthews, had asked fans to help her pay for her treatments through a GoFundMe page as she fought a condition called, sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis. In 1994, a crack cocaine overdose left her kidneys so damaged that she required regular dialysis.
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