The famous R&B singer Vesta Williams was unfortunately found dead in her L.A. hotel room on September 22, 2011. Although varying sources listed Vesta’s age as 48, in a 2010 interview with online series The Couch the Ohio native stated she was 53. The police have announced that “several bottles” of prescription pills were found on the scene at Vesta’s hotel. Her death is now being treated as either an accident or suicide. Homocide is not being considered.
Actress Jackee Harry said via her Twitter page, “Just received truly devastating news: R&B great, and my friend of many years, Vesta Williams, has passed away. RIP Vesta.” Fellow actress Sheryl Lee Ralph added, “I am so deeply saddened at the passing of my diva friend Vesta Williams. RIP Vesta.” Comedian Sinbad reflected as well by tweeting, “Our dear sister and one of the sangiest divas ever, Vesta Williams, has passed away. I loved that sister.”
The 80s R&B diva was responsible for such hits as Congratulations, Once Bitten, Twice Shy and You Make Me Want To (Love Again). We send out our own condolences to her friends, family and fans, she will be missed.
It’s been over two weeks since Hurricane Fiona, a category 1 storm, left much of Puerto Rico without electricity or clean water. In response to the devastation caused by Fiona, Biden has promised a $60 million relief package. Yet, given the failed U.S response after Hurricane Maria in 2017, some remain skeptical that the aid will be distributed efficiently, and in a way that will protect the island from future storms. “Less than 3% of infrastructure money allocated for storm recovery after Maria has actually been used, ” says Carla Minet, executive director of the Center for Investigative Journalism in Puerto Rico.