Prince Honors Vanity While Kicking Off World Tour
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Just minutes before Prince was scheduled to kick off his world tour, he learned that his protégée Denise “Vanity” Matthews had died of kidney disease.

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Rolling Stone reports that Prince took multiple moments out of his set to honor the late Vanity 6 singer, and shared stories remembering her.

“Can I tell you a story about Vanity?” he said. “Or should I tell you a story about Denise? Her and I used to love each other deeply. She loved me for the artist I was; I loved her for the artist she was trying to be. She and I would fight. She was very headstrong because she knew she was the finest woman in the world. She never missed an opportunity to tell you that.”

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We continue to send our thoughts and prayers to the fans, friends and family of Vanity.