Before her tragic passing earlier this week, singer Vesta Williams was scheduled to participate in Sheryl Lee Ralph’s 21st DIVAS Simply Singing event. Sheryl released a statement after hearing news of her death promising fans that they would honor her memory instead.

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Ralph said: “A planned tribute was in the works for Teena Marie, who passed away suddenly last year after her performance in the 20th DIVAS, which was her final public performance. We will now pay tribute to both of these outstanding artists.”

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Vesta was found dead in her Los Angeles hotel room at the age of 53. Officials are waiting on official autopsy results to come in but for now they’re saying her death could have been accidental or a suicide. TMZ reports that several bottles of pills were found in the room, some empty, and the singer is also said to have recently lost almost 100 pounds in preparation for a career comeback.


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