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“R.I.P. R&B Singer Vesta Williams”

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September 23, 2011 by The ReadyWriter


R&B singer Vesta Williams, 53, 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.

A Los Angeles County coroner’s Capt. John Kades (KAY’-dihs) says Williams was found dead at 6:15 p.m. Thursday in an El Segundo hotel room but Kades says it will take six weeks to complete a toxicology examination to learn the exact cause of death.

By request: Here’s Vesta’s video and song “Congratulations”

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110 thoughts on ““R.I.P. R&B Singer Vesta Williams”

  1. Mahogany says:

    WOW… R.I.P Vest Williams!!! She was so talented, and beautiful

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  2. CorporateBitch says:

    RIP

    she was beautiful and could really sing

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  3. Nicole says:

    Loved me some Vesta!!!

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  4. Mahogany says:

    Rest in Peace.

    Oh, and good morning all………..

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  5. EbonyEyes says:

    so sad, she was so young and beautiful 😦

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  6. SoldierOne says:

    Oh no, this is some sad news!!! Vesta was one of my favorite old school singers. Tra please keep us posted on any more info you get on her passing I just hate that she was so young and I hope it was drugs or foul play because Lord knows people nowadays don’t die of old age and that’s sad!

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    • RandomChick says:

      you need to re-read the post then…cause Tra specifically said: “found dead of a possible drug overdose in a Southern California hotel room.”

      R.I.P. Vesta.

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  7. Lexy says:

    R.I.P. 😦

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  8. Natasha says:

    i loved her voice on the malcolm & eddie show intro

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  9. UnpredictableMe says:

    😦 RIP Vesta Williams!!!!!!! 😦

    She sang the hail outta Congratulations!!!

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  10. FloridaGurl says:

    R.I.P. Vesta…

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  11. Pinky says:

    Heartbreaking, such a talented woman, never got her proper applause 😦 I hope it was not anything other than natural, though at 53, so young. RIP Ms. Williams and peace to your family and friends. Much respect.

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    • Ashanti says:

      I hope it was not anything other than natural
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      please re-read the damn post* “found dead of a possible drug overdose in a Southern California hotel room.”

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  12. Ashanti says:

    She was absolutely beautiful! May she Rest in Peace. :*(

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  13. Natasha says:

    I know when it’s your time, it’s your time but it’s always sad when someone passes at such a young age…but prayerfully she’s gone to a better place and is at peace

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  14. Pointman says:

    found in a hotel room? wow, hope no foul play.

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  15. Aceman says:

    RIP Ms Vesta Williams. 😦 Another great talent lost.

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  16. BigBelly says:

    she should have an unsung…can’t figure out what happened with her career? i guess weight will be brought up, but i don’t get it.

    what’s poppin trace? kisses to you baby

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    • UnpredictableMe says:

      Weight was an issue. Supposedly she got dropped from her label because of it.

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      • FloridaGurl says:

        as far as I know she had been healthy and keeping her weight manageable for many years now…I’m really interested to know what happened to her

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      • Tabatha says:

        Weight was an issue. Supposedly she got dropped from her label because of it.
        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        As far as I knew she had bypass some years back though…back in her day it was about talent and not about looks or who could drop it faster or harder

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      • Tabatha says:

        I WILL NOT HAVE NO NEGATIVE TALK BOUT VESTA BIG OR SMALL!!!!

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      • Gabriella says:

        yall memba when she did that McDonald’s commercial?

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      • Bird says:

        @ Gabriella – I ‘member that McDonald’s commercial. That’s AFTER she had that weight loss surgery. I thought that was cruel to make her do a food commercial!

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      • DaisyDukes says:

        As far as I knew she had bypass some years back though…back in her day it was about talent and not about looks or who could drop it faster or harder

        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`

        No ma’am, she lost her weight the hard old fashion way, through diet and exercise and has been able to keep it off all these years. Her hard work paid off.

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  17. Yasha says:

    RIP Songstress

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  18. Keisha says:

    RIP Vesta

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  19. 2Thick4U says:

    DAMNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN! I’m saddened by this news 😦

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  20. HarlemGirl says:

    R.I.P Beautiful Songstress Vesta Williams. May we continue to hear you harmonize with the songbirds in heaven.

    Another Beautiful Songstress gone at such a young age 😦

    The good ones die young, we never have them for a lifetime 😦

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  21. ManUp says:

    The name rings a bell but I don’t remember her…

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  22. Yvonne says:

    R.I.P. Vesta

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  23. Jamilla says:

    RIP to Vesta

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  24. Tamala says:

    R.I.P. Vesta. 😦

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  25. Lisa says:

    RIP girl. She had a pure voice! No growling or screeching like other singers who will remain nameless, just pure.

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  26. Gabriella says:

    Death always brings people together why? 😦

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    • Yasha says:

      @gabby, death just makes people reminisce, i thought back to when i was younger and my mom blasting her songs in car/home. for me at least

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  27. QTip says:

    53 is way too young to die. RIP

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  28. CorporateBitch says:

    proud to be in the ‘saving it for marriage’ clique …That’s what Tra should name her blog.

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    • Tamala says:

      proud to be in the ‘saving it for marriage’ clique …That’s what Tra should name her blog.
      ____________

      This is a “R.I.P. Vesta” post how da hell you going left feild about “saving IT for marriage?”

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    • ManUp says:

      proud to be in the ‘saving it for marriage’ clique …That’s what Tra should name her blog.
      ——————-
      @Corp
      I’m trying to get to you to quit that lame ass clique! Join the “I-toot-it-up-for-Man” clique. You’ll love that crew! 🙂

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  29. Mrs. Hawthorne says:

    R.I.P. Vesta 😦 Wow..

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  30. Pointman says:

    R.I.P. Vesta

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  31. Bird says:

    * Sending out the song ” Bird on the wire by Neville Brothers” to Ms. Vesta Williams, may his embrace cradle the hearts broken by your life here in Earth*

    I don’t handle death well with anyone I have known, heard about, read… I miss all the ones that have left me here on Earth to be wherever their souls can lay to rest…:cry:

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  32. Anthony says:

    RIP Vesta. Always been a beauty. Remember lusting after thick Vesta at like 15 yrs old.

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  33. Ms. Kayla says:

    How sad and shocking! I LOVED Ms. Williams.

    All the old school singers are leaving this earth. Her first album, Vesta, was the best EVER!!!

    RIP Vesta.

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    • Adam says:

      All the old school singers are leaving this earth. Her first album, Vesta, was the best EVER!!!
      *******************
      Makes me think about another really talented singer Jennifer Holiday, sweet lady, amazing singer, never got her proper.

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      • Cameo1 says:

        All the real good actual singers leave us stuck with the garbage they promote now 😦 and call it real music like………………………………….. U fill in the missing link

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      • 2Thick4U says:

        I cosign……R.I.P. vesta all the real talent dying off

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      • Sane says:

        vesta – no gold records

        teena marie – no grammys

        smh

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      • Aceman says:

        RIP she was a real R&B singer. See talent don’t equate to fame folks. She had more talent than a lot of these singers today,but was underrated.

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      • Aceman says:

        I agree with ya’ll…..so sad that she didn’t get the recognition she deserved…RIP Vesta…

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      • ELovely says:

        so sad that she didn’t get the recognition she deserved…
        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        NEITHER DID PHYLLIS HYMAN.

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      • Ms. Kayla says:

        so sad that she didn’t get the recognition she deserved…
        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        NEITHER DID PHYLLIS HYMAN.
        ____________________________________________________________

        Elove,
        I cried when she died back in the 80’s. That hurt like hell. She was such a beautiful songbird. Lord I was hurt.

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      • Adriane says:

        Kayla,
        Phyllis Hyman died in the 90s honeybunny. Right before a show at the Apollo.

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      • UncleEd says:

        I cried when she died back in the 80′s. That hurt like hell. She was such a beautiful songbird. Lord I was hurt.
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        YES, IT WAS AS MUCH SHOCKING AS SAD, WHAT A GRACIOUS SINGER. UNFORTUNATELY PHYLLIS HAD OTHER TRAGEDY’S IN HER LIFE, BEFORE SHE TOTALLY CRASHED. THEY SAY SHE SUFFERED FROM BI-POLARISM.

        YOU KNOW WHAT, MS. HYMAN WAS VERY LONELY, AND I THINK SHE JUST FELT NO MAN WOULD LOVE HER BECAUSE OF HER SIZE, SHE CONSTANTLY TALKED ABOUT THAT.

        REMEMBER THAT BAD A$$ SONG, “LIVING ALL ALONE”, WELL THAT WAS VERY REAL.

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      • Civil says:

        Vesta and Mikki Howard, two voices that are great.

        Again…R.I.P Vesta.

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      • KatMan says:

        Rest in Peace. She was a very talented, beautiful singer who was verrrrrry underrated.

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  34. CoCo says:

    I just saw her in concert a couple months back, she seemed so full of life, she looked fab and still had that awesome soulful voice 😦 R.I.P

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  35. Fabulous1 says:

    sweet, sweet, love! omg. rip vesta. all of our talent is gone.

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  36. Marky says:

    Lawd they said Vesta checked into the hotel with a man who is now missing.

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    • CoCo says:

      Lawd they said Vesta checked into the hotel with a man who is now missing.
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      oh Boy!! that dont sound too good!!!

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      • FloridaGurl says:

        Lawd they said Vesta checked into the hotel with a man who is now missing.
        ____

        uh oh…this isn’t looking good…

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      • Sane says:

        Just read they found multiple bottles of prescription bottles, some of them were empty….daym hope she didnt end her own life its to precious no matter what your going through!!!

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      • Starr says:

        Um the point of this post certainly changed mid day..
        😦 I hope there is no drama with her passing, Peace be Still.

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  37. KatMan says:

    *peeks in*
    2say………….R.I.P. Vesta!!!!!!!!!!!

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  38. Acquitta says:

    Rest In Peace Vesta…

    *goes back to read comments*

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  39. Danny says:

    r.i.p. miss vesta willimas.

    ya’ll enjoy the weekend

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  40. Donte says:

    Vesta RIP.

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  41. Starr says:

    R.I.P VESTA WILLIAMS

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  42. Zenna says:

    May she rest in peace.

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  43. BBallen says:

    A true talent. A lovely vocalist, which we rarely see the likes of in this current industry of music. A killer smile and a sassy, funny, and flirtatious persona. R.I.P. Ms. Vesta Williams. YOU WILL BE MISSED!

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  44. Angelhair says:

    RIP Ms. Williams. You graced us with your God-given talent and we thank you for the beautiful music. May you finally find the peace that eludes so many here on Earth. God bless your soul.

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  45. Pretty says:

    emotional pain sure is a bitch. Rest in peace Vesta and sincere condolences to Vesta’s family.

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  46. UncleEd says:

    RIP Vesta “Congratulations” one of the best and saddest songs ever…”For as Long as I Can Breathe… U will Always be the ONE for Meeeeeeeee….. Classic, talented underrated.

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  47. SlickRick says:

    None of these little girls out now have 1/10th of the voice, range or power of voice like Vesta…all the greats from back in the day. We need them back!!
    RIP Vesta!!

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    • SueWee says:

      None of these little girls out now have 1/10th of the voice, range or power of voice like Vesta…all the greats from back in the day. We need them back!!
      RIP Vesta!!
      —————-

      cosign.

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      • Olivijah says:

        None of these little girls out now have 1/10th of the voice, range or power of voice like Vesta…all the greats from back in the day. We need them back!!
        RIP Vesta!!
        —————–

        PREACH*

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  48. Spice_Girl says:

    I love Vesta she was so beautiful with 1 of the strongest voices in R&B. She was just on the Monique show not to long ago if I’m not mistaken. I’m straight up speechless, I hope they solve her case ASAP!!
    RIP VESTA U WILL BE MISSED

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  49. Wanda says:

    God Bless and RIP, Vesta.

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  50. Natasha says:

    Now, this was singing…these modern-day “singers” don’t come close…

    R.I.P. Vesta

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  51. Olivijah says:

    I can’t listen to the song without crying. RIP Vesta!

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  52. Ionna says:

    Deeply saddened at the passing of diva Vesta Williams. RIP Vesta.”

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  53. Al-scream says:

    I still love you…R.I.P Vesta

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  54. Pat says:

    I was so sadden hear about the death of such a gifted and talented artist. Vesta had a voice that could stir ones emotions to the core. May she rest in peace.

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  55. Bobby says:

    RIP MS. VISTA WILLIAMS…GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL

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  56. Carolyn Avetis says:

    R.I.P. Love this song!!!!!

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  57. Civil says:

    RIP Vesta :*(

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  58. KatMan says:

    Rest in peace Vesta! Too young to be gone!!

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  59. CeoDawg says:

    Wow RIP 😦
    I just read where they found several bottles of prescription drugs in the room with Vesta smh, hope it was an accident.

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  60. Rezzie says:

    Wow …. sad to hear this .. … RIP Vesta…hope all was right with God

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    • SoldierOne says:

      hope all was right with God
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      that’s between her and God now ain’t it? Just make sure you aight when yo time comes.

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  61. Gia says:

    U Will be missed Vesta

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  62. Cindy says:

    AWWWW 😦 R.I.P. Vesta ! Lord bless….

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  63. Sane says:

    It’s sad …she had a troubled soul….RI­P

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