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From Rolling Stone:

Vanity, a singer who collaborated with Prince, fronted the group Vanity 6 and courted controversy, died in a hospital in Fremont, California, on Monday. She was 57.

She had been battling kidney failure and abdominal illness in recent years, according to TMZ, which reported the news. The singer’s health had worsened in recent months. Four months ago, she launched a GoFundMe campaign to pay for medical bills. On it, she revealed she was diagnosed with sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis, which causes a blockage of the small bowel. She’d asked for $50,000 but raised less than $7,000.

With her titular trio, Vanity — who was born Denise Katrina Matthews on January 4th, 1959, in Niagara Falls, Ontario — gave pop and R&B a sexually charged makeover in the early Eighties. Vanity 6’s Prince-composed 1982 single, the funky, synthy “Nasty Girl,” reached the top spot of Billboard’s dance chart and the Top 10 of the R&B chart. As a solo artist, she scored more pop hits in the mid-Eighties, including “Pretty Mess,” “Mechanical Emotion” and “Under the Influence.” She also attracted controversy for her lecherous image, notably earning a place on the Parents Music Resource Center’s “Filthy 15” for “Strap on ‘Robbie Baby'” in 1985.

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