Prince Protégé Vanity Dies at 57

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FREMONT, Calif., Feb. 15 (UPI) — Denise Katrina Matthews, the singer and actress known professionally as Vanity, died Monday at a hospital in Fremont, Calif. She was 57.

TMZ reported the former Vanity 6 lead vocalist, who also was a protégé of Prince, suffered failing kidneys and an abdominal illness in recent years after battling an addiction to drugs in the 1990s.

Her film credits include The Last Dragon and Action Jackson.