Denise Katrina Matthews known by most as Vanity passed away this week at 57. Vanity rose to fame as the lead singer of Vanity 6 but to us 80’s action movie fans we will always remember her as Sydney Ash in Action Jackson (1988) and Laura Charles in The Last Dragon (1985).
According to TMZ she passed away Monday:
A few months ago she set up a GoFundMe page, and said she’d been diagnosed with sclerosis encapsulating peritonitis — an inflammation of the small intestines.
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.
She eventually ditched Hollywood, quit drugs and became a born-again Christian in the mid ’90s. She remained active in her local church up until her death. We’re told she was in church on Saturday evening and told the congregation she was “ready to go home.”
MC Hammer broke the news on Twitter:
??Today my friend & Sister Denise Katrina Matthews p/k/a #Vanity passed away. She absolutely loved GOD unto salvation. Rest in his Glory ??
— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) February 16, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Denise Katrina Matthews.