The music world is still reeling after learning about the death of R&B singing sensation, Vesta Williams. Williams was found in a hotel room in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon, Sept 22. She was 53 years old.
Williams, who eventually dropped her last name and went simply by, Vesta, recorded several successful songs including her biggest hit, “Congratulations” and “Sweet, Sweet Love.”
In 1986, she released her debut album, Vesta, which netted the hit, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy.”
Next was 1988's highly successful, Vesta 4 U, followed by 1991's Special. Her last release was in 2007.
The social media outlets are abuzz with condolences.
Said Jackee Harry - ...just received truly devastating news: R&B great, and my friend of many yrs, Vesta Williams (@vesta4u), has passed away. #RIPVesta
Said Kimora Lee Simmons - R.I.P. Ms. Vesta Williams. What a tremendous talent + great soul! Cuz as long as I can breathe, you’ll always be the one for me!
Siedah Garrett - So saddened by the untimely passing of our incredibly talented sister Vesta Williams, who enriched the lives of so many with her remarkable voice and outrageous humor. Such a somber reminder that tomorrow is not promised. So thankful that she chose to record two of my original songs during her career. Our Vesta has flown away, and she will be missed. May she rest in eternal peace.
Said Lalah Hathaway - RIP Vesta. hilarious, unpredictable, one of a kind..thank you for “I'm coming back.”
Said Sinbad - Our dead sister and one of the sangiest divas ever, Vesta Williams, has passed away. I loved that sister.
Angela Bofill - We have lost another wonderful spirit, the wonderful and talented Vesta Williams. My condolences go out to Vesta's family, friends, and extended family. Rest in peace Vesta.
Said Donnie Simpson - Vesta Williams had an amazing voice & a cool, down, funny personality. A Kool Breeze just came thru Heavens gates. You will be missed Vesta.
Arsenio Hall wrote – RIP sweetness
Sheryl Lee Ralph - I am so deeply saddened at the passing of my diva friend Vesta Williams. RIP Vesta
Vesta recently said of her life – that it was "blessed, gifted and highly favored."