Vesta Williams, 53, who rose to fame in the late 80s with the R&B hit “Congratulations”, was found dead in a Los Angeles-area hotel room yesterday evening, according to various reports.
As of now, no official cause of death has been determined, but John Kades of the L.A. County coroner’s office told the Associated Press that her death may have been the result of a drug overdose. This falls in line with a report from TMZ, which claims that multiple bottles of prescription pills were found in the hotel room.
The sources went on to tell TMZ that as of now, Williams’ death is being treated as an accident or a suicide. There’s nothing to suggest at this point that Williams was the victim of homicide.
Williams had a thriving R&B career in the late 80s through the 90s with hits such as “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”, “You Make Me Want To (Love Again)”, and “Sweet Sweet Love”. Williams guest starred on the hit 90s sitcom “Sister, Sister”, playing the role of best friend to Jackee Harry’s character.
“Just received truly devastating news: R&B great, and my friend of many yrs, Vesta Williams (@vesta4u) has passed away #RIPVesta,” Harry said on Twitter.
Officials won’t know for sure if Williams’ death was related to drugs until the toxicology reports are in, which could take around six weeks, TMZ reports.