80s singer Vesta cause of death revealed, died of enlarged heart

By Breanna Bishop,

The autopsy report for 80s R&B singer Vesta Williams revealed she died from complications stemming from an enlarged heart.

Williams was found in a California hotel room on September 22, where TMZ reported her death was originally ruled an accident or suicide, due to the presence of prescription pills in her room. She was 53.

EURweb reports that singer/producer Norwood Young was recently told by Williams’ family that an enlarged heart was to blame for her death, not drugs.

“Although it’s a sad situation overall, it’s great news to find that Vesta’s death, as I said from the very beginning, was not drug related,” Young told EURweb. “Vesta did indeed die from an enlarged heart...an enlarged heart can remain undetected in the body for many, many years.”

Williams struggled with her weight in prior years, but had lost 100 pounds in recent years. She is believed to have been suffering from stress, which may have contributed to her death, alongside her former battle with obesity. Williams was also under no prescribed medications for her enlarged heart.

Williams is best known for her hit “Congratulations” (1989) and for appearing on the TV series Sister, Sister.

She also was a supporter of causes dealing with childhood obesity and juvenile diabetes.

Williams life will be chronicled on the TV One series Unsung that will be shown on January 2 at 10 p.m. (Eastern).



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