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Vanity gave up her stage name and became a born-again Christian in 1994, the year she almost died from the effects of smoking crack cocaine
In 1995, Vanity married football player Anthony Smith, of the Oakland Raiders
After a kidney transplant in 1997, she decided to devote her life to evangelism
In 2010, Matthews released her autobiography, "Blame It On Vanity"
She died on February 15, 2016 at age 57 due to renal failure
She suffered from sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis, a rare complication of a peritoneal dialysis, and died in a Fremont, California, hospital on February 15, 2016, at the age of 57 from renal failure
Her ex-boyfriend, Prince, died two months later on April 21, 2016 in Chanhassen, Minnesota, at age 57