Evangelist Denise Matthews aka Vanity passed away yesterday after years of battling kidney failure. The born again Christian passed away in a Fremont, CA hospital on Monday … according to sources close to her family. Matthews is best known for her role in The Last Dragon, and being a part of Prince’s girl group, Vanity 6 before turning her life over to Christ.
Matthews spent Saturday at church and reportedly “fell ill during the night” and “ended up on life support,” according to MC Hammer, who said he learned the news during Sunday’s service. Hammer also let it be known that Matthews loved the Lord.
Sheila E. who became close friends with the Evangelist remembered her friend on social media:
SADDEN by my GREAT SISTER and FRIEND IN CHRIST passed today. Vanity, Denise Matthews. I WILL MISS YOU DEARLY. U ARE IN HIS ARMS NOW, FREE OF PAIN.
(Her words) boy it is not fun suffering in this body of weak flesh… but Jesus is straightening out all my crooked places.
So pray for me now for i am believing in complete healing of this body longing to be healed made whole my heart..I have my vision, i keep it close. I repent daily my sins, my faults and my shortcomings. He has brought me out of so many fires, oh so many, 23 years alive after the doctors pronounced i would be dead way back then 1992…I lift my head up high to the sky and do thank my Jesus that He has kept me thus far and even as much as this body would love to be with Tho my testimonies, some hard and some dangerously painful are all unto the glory of the Lord. i am learning continuous obedience always hoping for change to become who He is… thru all my sufferings …And my King has made my heart soft…My very first prayer on my deathbed to Jesus was” Do whatever it takes to save me, just don’t let me die…Whatever it takes, make my heart whole…He is busily working on me…If you are suffering thru something right now i lift you to Jesus ..may He preserve you and keep you unto His heavenly kingdom and may you endure thru your change in Him…He knows what it takes to break us, make us deliver us into His Holy hands amen…Make our hearts Whole amen
In 1994, Vanity overdosed on crack cocaine and suffered from near-fatal renal failure. She recalled that after being rushed to the hospital, doctors said she had three days to live while on life support. She said that Jesus appeared to her at this time and spoke to her, saying if she promised to give up her Vanity persona, he would save her. Upon her recovery, she completely renounced her stage name and career and became a born-again Christian.
The evangelist also wrote an autobiography “Blame it on Vanity” her journey from hell to heaven.
Watch her speaking at the Rush Crusade
Evangelist Matthews got her wings….