Singer/Producer Norwood Young, a close friend of the late Vesta Williams, recently released a statement addressing some reports surrounding the soul singer’s death, including speculation of a suicide.
Williams was found dead on September 22nd in her Los Angeles hotel, her temporary living domain while transitioning to a new home, according to Young.
“The manager of the hotel, Mr. Seth Neblett, also a friend of Ms. Williams, discovered her body,” Young says in his statement. “Mr. Neblett confirms that authorities stated that one bottle (2/3 empty) of a sleeping aid was discovered on the scene on the nightstand next to the bed.”
The sleeping aid created speculations of a suicide but Young tells Eurweb.com that Vesta had a zest for life and her Christian values were too strong, and she was too excited about her upcoming “Unsung” special and participation in Sheryl Lee Ralph’s “Divas Simply Singing” event to benefit AIDS charities.
Young adds: “Two years ago, I witnessed Vesta experiencing a debilitating seizure, and this would be a likely scenario, and I wish people would stop fabricating and spreading hurtful rumors.”
Funeral services for Vesta Williams will be held at West Angeles Church of God in Christ (3045 S. Crenshaw Blvd., North Campus, Los Angeles) on Tuesday, Oct. 4.