Earlier this week many said goodbye to beloved singer Vesta Williams at her church, West Angeles Church of God in Christ. She was 53-years-old. Her body was found in a Los Angeles hotel on September 22nd; however, she had been dead since Sunday, September 18th.
It was a heartwarming outpouring of love and admiration from family, friends, fans and the Los Angeles’ entertainment community. Resolutions from elected officials came from U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, CA State Assemblyman Mike Davis, and City of Los Angeles Councilman Bernard C. Parks. Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. provided the profound closing Message of Comfort.
She was affectionately known as Vesta and most remembered for her fame in the 1980s with a number of hits, including “Congratulations” and “Sweet, Sweet Love. Her cause of death is still unknown. According to law enforcement officials multiple bottles of prescription pills were found in the El Segundo, CA hotel room where she died.
Sources tell us the death is being treated as either an accident or suicide, but not a homicide. The coroner won’t know if drugs played a part in her death until the toxicology reports are in — and that could take 6 weeks.
Vesta Williams is survived by her daughter, Tandia White; her mother Joan W. Tate; her sisters Margaret Wilson, Martaé Collins and Marlena Robinson and her grandchildren Taya McNeil, Alexia McNeil and Brendon White.