This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
R&B Singer Vesta Williams Found Dead in Her El Segundo Hotel Room
R&B Singer Vesta Williams was found dead in her hotel room in her El Segundo Hotel room last night. Initial reports suggest that she might have overdosed on prescription pills.
Williams was found in her room at Homestead Studio near LAX around 6:15 p.m. surrounded by empty prescription drug bottles, according to TMZ. Her death is being treated as an accident or suicide. Toxicology reports typically take about 6 weeks.
Williams, 53, rose to fame in the 1980s with hits like "Sweet Sweet Love," "Once Bitten Twice Shy" and "Congratulations." Williams also appeared on the sitcom "Sister Sister" several times in the late 1990s, playing a best friend to Jackée Harry's character. Her career declined through the 1990s, the Times said, and she gained weight. Her website notes that she had lost 100 pounds recently in an attempt to make a comeback.
Here's Williams' Once Bitten, Twice Shy in all its shoulder-padded 1980's glory: