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Matthew James Bellamy (born 9 June 1978) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter who is best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, pianist and principal.

'To master anything, you have to be exceptional and work very hard, and the same for being a muse,' the 40-year-old told the Editorialist.

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Vanity was born on January 4, 1959 [2] as Denise Katrina Matthews in Niagara Falls, Ontario , the daughter of Helga Senyk and Levia James Matthews. [3] Her mother was of German , Jewish , and Polish descent, and was born in Germany, while her father was of African-American descent and was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. [4]

Vanity began entering local beauty pageants before moving to Toronto , where she modeled. She won the Miss Niagara Hospitality title in 1977 [5] and went on to compete for Miss Canada in 1978. At age 17, she moved to New York City to further her career. She signed with Zoli Model Agency. However, because she was short in stature, her modeling career was limited to commercials and photo shoots and included no runway work. Vanity appeared in ads for Pearl Drops toothpaste, before completing a modeling stint in Japan.

Due to her kidney problems, which were caused by years of drug use while she worked as a performer, Matthews had to undergo peritoneal dialysis five times a day (each session was 20 minutes long). [8] [11] [13] She suffered from sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis , a rare complication of a peritoneal dialysis, and died in a Fremont, California , hospital on February 15, 2016, from renal failure, aged 57. Her body was cremated and the ashes scattered off the coast of Hawaii. [ citation needed ] Coincidentally, Prince himself died two months later. [14]

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