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In 1994, that addiction led to near-fatal renal failure.
She later said that Jesus Christ appeared to her at that time and offered her a second chance at life if she abandoned her Vanity persona. Matthews' health woes took a turn for the worse late last year, however, and she set up a crowdfunding effort to pay for her medical treatment after being diagnosed with sclerosis encapsulating peritonitis, a severely painful kidney condition.
"She fell ill during the night [and] ended up on life support." A sex vixen fashioned in the image of her rock-star mentor and onetime lover, Prince, Matthews had several provocative hits in the early 1980s as lead singer of the group Vanity 6.
The biggest by far was 1982's "Nasty Girl." An infectious synth-funk single with overtly sexual lyrics, the song stalled on mainstream radio but managed to reach No. It has since gone on to become a dance-floor classic.
Vanity appeared in ads for Pearl Drops toothpaste, before completing a modeling stint in Japan.