Multiple sources including MC Hammer and Minneapolis-based singer Jill Jones have confirmed via social media that Denise “Vanity” Matthews has died. She was reportedly 57 and had been battling a number of illnesses for the past several years. Matthews was best known for her work in Prince’s girl group, Vanity 6 for which she was the lead singer while the two were dating. The Canadian-based actress/model was originally supposed to star in Purple Rain but left the group before the film starting shooting.
Vanity 6’s big hit was “Nasty Girl” written and produced by Prince. Matthews went on to star in the classic Black karate movie The Last Dragon with Taimak.
We’ll follow up with more information as it comes in.
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