Vesta Williams Believed to Have Died of Possible Drug Overdose

September 24, 2011 05:02:07 GMT

The 'Congratulations' singer was found dead Thursday, September 22 in an El Segundo, California hotel room, where multiple bottles of prescription pills were reportedly also discovered.

Vesta Williams Believed to Have Died of Possible Drug Overdose
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The R&B world has just lost another of its members. Vesta Williams, the singer whose '80s hits included "Don't Blow a Good Thing" and "Congratulations", was found dead in a hotel room on Thursday, September 22, and Capt. John Kades of the Los Angeles County coroner's office said she might have died of a possible drug overdose.

To the Associated Press, the coroner's official detailed that the body of the 53-year-old was discovered at around 6:15 P.M. in the hotel room in El Segundo, California. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of her death with a toxicology examination to be completed in six weeks.

Adding more suspicion to the possibility of drug overdose, TMZ reported that multiple bottles of prescription pills were found in the room where Vesta was found dead. Claiming to be informed by law enforcement sources, the gossip site added that some of the bottles discovered were empty.

Condolences from Vesta's celebrity friends have been pouring in Twitter. Kimora Lee Simmons wrote, "R.I.P. Ms. Vesta Williams. What a tremendous talent + great soul! Cuz as long as I can breathe, you'll always be the one for me!", while Sheryl Lee Ralph tweeted, "I am so deeply saddened at the passing of my diva friend Vesta Williams. RIP Vesta."

Jackee Harry of "227" also took to Twitter to express her grief, "Just received truly devastating news: R&B great, and my friend of many yrs, Vesta Williams (@vesta4u) has passed away." Comedian Sinbad wrote on his page, "Our dead sister and one of the sangiest divas ever, Vesta Williams, has passed away. I loved that sister."

Vesta began her career in 1977 in a group in Ohio before heading to Los Angeles to launch a solo career. She released her first album "Vesta" in 1986, and established herself as an R&B powerhouse with second album "Vesta 4 U". Her career declined through the 1990s, and her last album "Distant Lover" was released in 2007.

She was actually scheduled to perform on October 22 at the 21st annual "DIVAS Simply Singing!" concert in Los Angeles. Following her death, the gig, which is held to promote AIDS and HIV awareness, will pay tribute to her and another soul singer, Teena Marie.


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posted by Beerbelch on Sep 24, 2011
Another Phyllis Hyman ending looks like. Talented singers who don't get the support of their own people.
posted by Robbia on Sep 24, 2011
I never heard Ms. Williams sing, but after hearing her on U-Tube today, she had a good voice. However, she sounded very much like Chaka Khan, and sounding like a previous great singer or performer will always relegate the one who follows as having a "copycat" voice with no unique sound of their own. That may have been a problem for Ms. Williams. Just an observation.
posted by MzTee on Sep 24, 2011
What a tremendous loss! RIP Vesta, you will be missed.
posted by glojwmson on Sep 24, 2011
Sorry to hear of such a loss, my son Troy was just with her setting up stage equipment last weekend at Willet Hall in Portsmouth, VA. and he was very excited of being in her presence, said he had a good time being backstage with all of musicians. He stated to me that she didn't seem to be depressed, he was sorry to hear of her passing. RIP Vesta

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