Vesta Williams was found dead of a possible drug overdose in a California hotel room. Williams was 53 and perhaps best-known as a R&B singer from the 1980s. Vesta’s biggest hits were “Don’t Blow A Good Thing” and “Congratulations.”
The R&B singer was found dead at 6:15 p.m. Thursday in an El Segundo hotel room, Los Angeles County coroner’s Capt. John Kades said.
An autopsy will determine the cause of death. A toxicology examination will take six weeks to be completed, Kades said. For most people who followed her career, it’s a shock that she’s dead.
Although the R&B singer never had any albums certified gold nor any Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, she scored seven top 20 hits on the US Billboard R&B chart from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.
The singer was born in Coshocton, Ohio in 1963 and was sometimes credited by her full name or just as Vesta. The talented artist was known for her four-octave voice range. She scored her first record deal in 1986 with A&M Records.
The singer began performing at an early age as a stand-up comic and singer in high school. Her family moved from Ohio to Los Angeles in the 1960s. Her father was a disc-jockey.
Williams also appeared in movies and on television. Vesta appeared in the Mario Van Peebles movie “Posse” and she had a recurring role on the television situation comedy “Sister, Sister.” She was an advocate for the prevention of childhood obesity and juvenile diabetes.