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Vanity, Prince protegé and lead singer of the ’80s girl group Vanity 6, has died after fighting kidney failure and, most recently, a reported abdominal illness, according to TMZ.

The singer, whose real name was Denise Katrina Matthews, died at a hospital in Fremont, California hospital on Monday, the report says.

Pop artist Vanity is seen in a 1985 photo.  (AP Photo/File)

Pop artist Vanity is seen in a 1985 photo. (AP Photo/File)

She set up an online GoFundMe fundraiser page, saying she been diagnosed with sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis, an inflammation of the small intestines, the report says:

She also battled crack addiction in the ’90s, and after a 1994 OD her kidneys were shot. She had to undergo nearly daily dialysis treatments.

Vanity’s biggest hit came in 1982 with “Nasty Girl” … a song produced by Prince. The group toured with Prince on his 1999 tour, but she quit right after that. She went on to sign a solo record deal with Motown, and starred in movies like “The Last Dragon” and “Action Jackson.” 

Rest in peace, Vanity.



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