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Williams was known mostly referred to by her first name, Vesta.  Her 1988 sophomore release, Vesta 4 U, had 3 Top 10 R&B hits “Sweet Sweet Love”, “4 U”, and “Congratulations”, with the latter being the song she’s been most identified with.

Actress, Sheryl Lee Ralph shared her thoughts on Twitter, saying, “I am so deeply saddend at the passing of my diva friend Vesta Williams. RIP Vesta.”

Jackee Harry tweeted, “…just received truly devastating news: R&B great, and my friend of many yrs, Vesta Williams (@vesta4u) , has passed away.#RIPVesta

R&B singer,  Shanice Wilson also tweeted about Vesta,: “My friend Vesta died…I can’t believe this…RIP.”

Watch as Vesta performs her biggest hit, “Congratulations”:

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