R&B Singer Vesta Williams Dead at 53
R&B singer Vesta Williams was found dead in a California hotel room Thursday night (Sept. 22). She was 53 years old.
The entertainer, who was widely recognized in the '80s as a lauded songstress, was apparently in good health, according to a recent video interview. "I'm just actually excited about being 53 years old and alive and well and kickin'," Williams shared at the 2:18 mark. "I don't have any problems, nothing, no medical problems, nothing, and I'm too blessed to be stressed." Though reports state she was 48 at the time of her death, her statement claims otherwise.
Williams had more than one hit climb the Billboard charts, but 1989's 'Congratulations' was the tune that made its highest mark, scoring a No. 5 position on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Though she never had an album certified gold, six of her songs landed in the Top 10 on the charts from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.
Her debut self titled album was released in 1986 and 2007 marked her seventh studio album, 'Distant Lover.'
Besides music, she tried her hand at acting, starring in Mario Van Peebles' 1993 film 'Posse,' in which she played the role of a saloon singer.
Details regarding Vesta Williams cause of death are not known at this time.
*UPDATE: TMZ reports that several prescription pill bottles were found in the El Segundo, Calif. hotel room where Williams was found dead.
Law enforcement sources stated "several bottles" were discovered at the scene, some apparently empty.
Williams' death is not being treated as a homicide, but rather as an accident or suicide. Toxicology reports to find out the true cause of death may take up to six weeks.