Denise Karina Matthews formally known as Vanity, passed away at the age of 57 from kidney problems, TMZ, Feb. 16, 2016, reported. Although Denise is known to the secular world as Vanity, the lead singer in her group, Vanity 6, she left that world behind and she became born again.
On Jan. 4, 1959, Denise Katrina Matthews was born to Helga Senyk and James Levia Matthews in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Her childhood was not a happy one as her father was verbally and physically abuse to her. She endured his abuse for 15 years, before she took off on her own.
Denise started out with a modeling career and in the 1980s, she started acting in movies and singing. She starred in movies like, “Klondike Fever” “Terror Train,” “Tanya’s Island,” “The Last Dragon,” and “Never Too Young to Die.” However, IMB lists her two best movie roles were in “52 Pick-Up” and “Action Jackson.”
The characters she played resembled the image she portrayed to society; she was always taking her clothes off. In 1980, Denise Matthews met Prince backstage during the American Music Awards and it wasn’t long after that, the two began a relationship.
Prince was instrumental in her singing career and it took a while before they came up with the name of her group, Vanity 6. Prince suggested she call the group an offensive word, but Denise refused. The name Hookers was also suggested because she plays a hooker on stage, but that name was thrown out as well when she decided to name the group Vanity 6 named after herself, Vanity. Their song, “Nasty Girl” topped the charts.
Vanity dressed in sexy lingerie and sang songs with lyrics that were x-rated. When she became engaged to Nikki Sixx, the bassist for Motley Crue, she became addicted to hard drugs and smoked cocaine.
In 1994, Vanity overdosed and almost died, and even her doctors said she had three days to live while on life support. It was then that she began to rethink herself as a person and she said that Jesus spoke to her during that time.
She told Jet Magazine that Vanity wanted to die “because she was lost and hurting inside. God said you have to go through darkness until you find His light.”
Destiny’s drug abuse left her with many health problems. She was diagnosed with sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis — an inflammation of the small intestines.
Denise reclaimed her name again, left Hollywood, and became an evangelist for God. She was born again and very elated that she came back to God and Jesus. She left Hollywood and turned her life around, She gave a home to abandoned cats and she wanted to make a difference in people’s lives.
“When I came to the Lord Jesus Christ, I threw out about 1,000 tapes of mine — every interview, every tape, every video. Everything.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out for Denise Matthew’s family and friends that she leaves behind.