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Vesta Williams Dead Of Possible Drug Overdose

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Published: Sep 25, 2021

R&B singer Vesta Williams, perhaps best-known for her 1980s hits “Don’t Blow A Good Thing” and “Congratulations,” has been found dead of a possible drug overdose in a Southern California hotel room, coroner’s investigators said Friday. She was 53.

She 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.

Although Williams 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.

Williams was born in Coshocton, Ohio in 1963 and was sometimes credited by her full name or just as Vesta. She 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.

Her first released album was the self entitled “Vesta” and it featured the Top 10 R&B hit “Once Bitten, Twice Shy.”

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.

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