In 1994, Vanity suffered near-fatal renal failure after overdosing on crack cocaine.
Before she began her singing career, Matthews was a beauty pageant contestant and model before being discovered by Prince, who was responsible for coming up with the mononymous moniker Vanity.
I lied and said it was the image I wanted.
At age 17, she moved to to further her career.
Vanity, the lead singer of girl group Vanity 6 and former protege of Prince, has died from kidney failure and an abdominal illness, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
She was the lead singer of the female trio from 1981 until it disbanded in 1983.