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Soul singer Vesta Williams found dead in hotel

September 23, 2011 |  1:41 pm

Vesta Williams found dead Soul singer Vesta Williams has been found dead in a hotel room in El Segundo, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Williams, 53, was found dead in a room at Homestead Studio at 1910 E. Mariposa Ave., and a cause of death has not yet been determined, a coroner's official said.

Williams' website also announced her death.

"Vesta we don't know how, we don't know why, we just know we'll miss you so much," a message on the site read.

The powerfully voiced singer was at her height in the late 1980s, peaking on the charts with "Congratulations," on the album "Vesta 4 U," in 1988. Her career declined through the 1990s, and she gained weight. Her website notes that in recent years she had lost 100 pounds in an attempt to remake her career.

El Segundo police are expected to release a statement on her death this afternoon.


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Photo: Vesta Williams at the 41st NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 26, 2010.Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images