Vesta Williams, the 80s R&B singer best known for her style and soulful voice, was found dead in her California hotel room last night.

The Ohio native enjoyed success throughout the ’80s and early ’90s, and is probably best known for her 1989 hit, “Congratulations.” Although Vesta never cracked the Top 40 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list, she was still a fan favorite, and enjoyed several hits on Billboard’s R&B charts.

Last year, the 53-year-old singer sat down for an interview and said she felt blessed “to be 53 years old, alive and well and kicking.”  She went on to say she didn’t have any health issues and was excited about her new material and show.

At press time, no cause of death had been identified.

Since hearing the news, many of Vesta’s celebrity friends have expressed their condolences.  Kimora Lee Simmons tweetwed, “R.I.P. Ms. Vesta Williams. Wht a tremendous talent+great soul! ‘Cuz as long as I can breathe, you’ll always be the one~for me!'” and Vesta’s good friend Jackee Hary wrote, “…just received truly devastating news: R&B great, and my friend of many yrs, Vesta Williams (@vesta4u), has passed away. #RIPVesta

Vesta will most certainly be missed but her music will live on forever.

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  • I’m in total shock, may she rest in peace

  • Mimi

    Its so crazy that I was on I Tunes not too long ago looking for one of her songs and they didn’t have it. Sad to hear about this.

  • Why is it that the Greats die young and the loved die lonely? It’s so strange but there are so many greats whose lives have been cut short that it makes me wonder whether there is a direct correlatio­n to extreme success and life expectancy­, perhaps that a bit of an exaggerati­on but you get what I mean! Think of Bob Marley, Aaliya, Michael Jackson, Tupac but it’s because they were great that they live on in our hearts as their talents set prints on our lives, cradled our emotions and inspired in ways that can never be forgotten. R.I.P Vesta, I hope that they have a mic in heaven.

  • Brasilia

    Just heard about her passing. R.I.P.

  • ngozi munroe

    RIP Vesta Williams