Vesta Williams, the American R&B singer best known for her 1989 hit 'Congratulations', has been found dead in her hotel room in California, according to Bet.com. It is not clear how long Williams had been dead, and the cause of death is still unknown.
Details of the investigation remain limited, but word of the singer's death is already doing the rounds on Twitter, with several high profile stars sending their condolences. Model and fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons tweeted, "What tremendous talent, great soul! 'Cuz as long as I can breathe, you'll always be the one for me!", while fellow R&B star Shanice simply tweeted, "My friend Vesta died.I can't believe this.Rip". The comedian Sinbad noted, "Our dear sister and one of the sangiest diva's ever, vesta williams, has passed away. I loved that sister". Although Williams never enjoyed any real album success, she scored six Top 10 hits on the US Billboard R&B chart. After making the foray into movies, she played a saloon singer in the 1993 western 'Posse', with Stephen Baldwin and Bill Zane.
Vesta released her last album, 'Distant Lover', in 2007 on Shanachie Records. The collection of R&B covers featured hits originally recorded by Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and STEVIE WONDER.
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