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Denise Matthews, a former protege of Prince and lead singer of the 1980s group Vanity 6, has died aged 57.
Known as Vanity, Matthews saw some success as a pop star and also had roles in a number of films before converting to Christianity.
She suffered from ill-health following a kidney transplant in 1997 and died from kidney failure at a hospital in Fremont, California.
In 1994 Matthews' crack cocaine addiction caused almost fatal renal failure and she left her career in entertainment behind.
Her biggest hit came in 1982 when she released the Prince-produced Nasty Gal which went to Number 1 on the Billboard dance charts.
She left Vanity 6 in 1984 and pursued a solo career and began acting.
She starred in The Last Dragon in 1985, Never Too Young To Die with John Stamos and Action Jackson, alongside Sharon Stone.
MC Hammer was among the artists to pay tribute to Matthews.
He tweeted: "Today my friend & Sister Denise Katrina Matthews p/k/a #Vanity passed away. She absolutely loved GOD unto salvation. Rest in his Glory."